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Pioneer rolls out new low lin soybeans for '09

Agriculture.com Staff 09/23/2008 @ 8:35am

Pioneer Hi-Bred is adding three new Y Series Pioneer brand low linolenic soybean products to its lineup for 2009.

The Y Series announced by Pioneer earlier this year is the result of a proprietary matrix of traits and technologies Pioneer researchers have developed to deliver "unprecedented productivity gains," company officials say. The new low linolenic soybeans in the Y Series line have shown yield advantages over previous low linolenic products, officials add.

"The market for low linolenic soybeans continues to expand, increasing contracting opportunities for growers, and Pioneer is meeting that demand by expanding its product offerings," says John Muenzenberger, Pioneer senior business manager of soybean output traits.

  • 92Y90 offers tolerance to brown stem rot and has good emergence and stability scores, according to Pioneer officials. This late Group II variety is early maturing and suited for areas like eastern Iowa and northern growing areas such as Ohio.
  • 93Y01 is an early Group III variety featuring good field emergence and harvest standability, officials add.
  • 93Y50 is a new variety that displays strong field emergence and harvest standability, plus resistance to Phytophthora root rot. "This is our 'ultra low lin' variety which means it is around one percent linolenic acid," says Muenzenberger.

Soybean producers growing Pioneer low linolenic soybeans again will be able to receive a premium for their crop at locations around the Corn Belt. Low lin soybean growers will earn a premium of $.60 per bushel for on-farm storage of low linolenic soybeans and a premium of $.55 per bushel for harvest delivery.

"We continue to see a rising demand from food companies for low linolenic soybean oil and are excited to offer value-contracting opportunities with flexible marketing alternatives to soybean growers," says Muenzenberger. "By participating in our low linolenic soybean program, growers help position themselves as leaders and innovators in the global marketplace while helping meet the increasing consumer demand for foods with improved nutritional profiles."

In its fifth year, this low linolenic soybean contracting program has grown from a targeted base in Iowa to an expanded geography currently reaching multiple locations in at least seven states for the 2009 growing season: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Pioneer Hi-Bred is adding three new Y Series Pioneer brand low linolenic soybean products to its lineup for 2009.

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