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Top Reasons to Plant High Oleic Soybeans In 2022


As you continue wrapping up soybean harvest, thinking about what those 2022 crop plans might look like, take another look at high oleic soybeans. Cass County, Indiana farmer Kevin Wilson is a director on the United Soybean Board who has grown those beans for almost a decade. Wilson says there are many reasons farmers benefit by growing high oleic soybeans.

“They’re basically the same as growing regular soybeans, so it makes it easy to use,” Wilson said. “And the flipside is that we’re getting a really beneficial oil that now has taken off in the demand side. So, it appears to me that it’s a really good win-win for everyone.”

The added value the high oleic beans have offered, in Wilson’s case for eight years, is a big benefit for farmers.

Kevin Wilson

“We’ve really never seen any yield drags at all. The genetics continue to improve, yields are definitely on par with our conventional soybeans. Bottom line is that we get an additional 75 cents to $1.25 depending on how it works out on top of it. So, this year with our rise in our inputs, especially to me, this is something that could be very beneficial.”

Farmers this year planted about 600,000 acres of high oleic soybeans in 13 states. To meet food processors’ demand, which the soy checkoff is focused on building, the goal for 2022 is 1.1 million acres.

“As a result, farmers are going to really see more varieties out there, so that they’ve got more choices to choose from in the 2022 planting season,” said Wilson. “And something that I don’t know we’ve really talked a lot about, double cropping, if you happen to be in an area that does a lot of double cropping, I think that these might be something you really want to look at as well.”

Visit soyinnovation.com to learn more and find an elevator that accepts high oleic soybeans near you.