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Monsanto mobile low-lin soybean testing labs set to hit the road

Agriculture.com Staff 09/19/2007 @ 2:14pm

Monsanto will deploy two Crop Analytics Mobile Labs (CAMLs) this harvest season to measure the linolenic acid content of Vistive soybeans delivered to processing facilities.

Vistive low-linolenic soybeans typically contain up to three percent linolenic acid as an oil component, compared with eight percent for conventional soybeans. This low-linolenic alternative enables food processors to use Vistive oil to reduce the need for hydrogenation, which creates trans fats in processed soybean oil.

Conventional testing of soybean oil composition typically involves the use of a near infrared grain analyzer. Though near infrared analysis is very effective for this purpose, some delivered grain samples require additional confirmation from a primary gold standard method, such as Gas Chromatography (GC). A traditional GC method typically takes two to eight hours to analyze a sample.

The new mobile labs, 28 feet long and staffed by one or two GC experts each, will utilize new Fast Gas Chromatography technology developed by Monsanto. The Fast GC technology provides results in about 10 minutes, according to Joel Ream, Commercial Analytics Lead -- Crop Analytics Monsanto.

Ream said the CAMLs will serve as a supplementary tool where processors need additional analytical support. "This new technology will help processors determine that the Vistive low-lin beans they receive meet the criteria for low-linolenic acid content while also ensuring that Vistive growers receive the premium to which they are entitled," says Ream.

The mobile labs will be stationed throughout the harvest season at select crushing plants participating in the 2007 Vistive program and will also help support the network of surrounding grain elevators.

Monsanto will deploy two Crop Analytics Mobile Labs (CAMLs) this harvest season to measure the linolenic acid content of Vistive soybeans delivered to processing facilities.

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