Northern Indiana farmers are leading the charge with the new high oleic soybeans by DuPont Pioneer, Plenish. The acreage goal set by the company this year was met and the crops in the state looked very good two weeks ago when HAT caught up with Justin Dikeman at Farm Progress.
“We hit the goal that we needed to keep end users and our partners at ADM at the levels that they needed, so we were very happy about where we ended up. The beans are looking really good right now. We’re really happy with the way the Plenish varieties look in the field compared to their non-Plenish peers.”
Dikeman is an Indiana operational marketing manager for DuPont Pioneer. He says the end users have made it clear they want something lower in trans and saturated fats than regular soybean oil provides. That makes the Plenish varieties very important for the future.
“When we look at this high oleic oil through the Plenish what we’re seeing is 20 percent less saturated fat and zero grams trans fat when you compare that oil to regular commodity soybean oil. So that’s what the end user is looking for, and it’s not just the food side. We’re also exploring avenues for lubricants and greases and other industrial uses for this oil, so there’s a lot of broad opportunity out there for it.”
Plenish beans are growing in Michigan, Ohio, and the Delmarva area, and the Indiana acres are expected to increase next year.
“With that anticipated growth we’ve been working all summer to add new fall delivery locations that will growers options to grow these high oleic beans in 2014 and take those Plenish beans to a local elevator,” he said. “I would really encourage you if you’re curious about that to talk to your local Pioneer sales professional about some of those new fall delivery locations that we’re bringing online and also encourage you if you’re interested in high oleic and having a delivery location in your area, talk to your local elevator.”
Dikeman says grower interest is growing, so there is a good opportunity to hit next year’s acre targets too.