(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg Akagi) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by The Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Belinda Burrier, a Maryland farmer and a Director on the United Soybean Board joins us. Maryland high oleic soybeans were available in Kansas for the first time this year. What makes high oleic varieties different? (Belinda Burrier) The difference is in Kansas they just released the soybeans there and the varieties have changed because they grow in different latitudes and they need different sunlight. That’s why they were just released in Kansas and different parts of the state. (Greg) As yourself being a high oleic soybean farmer, what do you think of the varieties? (Belinda) I think they have some excellent varieties and the varieties that we’ve planted this year have been excellent on the emergence. The emergence was fantastic throughout the drought and heat charge is very good, they handle the stress that we had plenty of this year and we were very pleased with that. We haven’t begun our harvest of them yet but the beans are actually, bean size they’re actually bigger, so we’re looking for a very good yield. (Greg) Why do end use customers want high oleic soybean oil? (Belinda) End users are interested in high oleic oil because it offers them neutral taste in the oil and has zero trans fats, and the US has an abundant supply potential and can fulfill their needs. (Greg) With high oleic soybeans being available in Kansas for the first time, are you seeing the number of acres planted for high oleic soybeans continue to grow? (Belinda) Yes. The high oleic beans are actually starting to catch on here in our area, and the local buyer has actually doubled their numbers of soybean planted fields for 2017. (Greg) How was the Soy Checkoff involved in marketing high oleic soybeans? (Belinda) High oleic beans are packed within an advanced soybean oil and farmers are going to win back their demand, so the USB, the Checkoff has been able to leverage the high oleic soybeans to help regain and expand their market share. (Greg) Do you think this market will continue to grow for those high oleic soybeans? (Belinda) I do. As more and more consumers start to use the oil, they will see the benefits of it in many ways. The farmer has started to increase their planting of the high oleic, because they get a premium, which hopefully will continue on in for many years. (Greg) Belinda, we appreciate your time. Thank you very much. (Belinda) Thank you Greg. (Greg) That is Belinda Burrier, a Maryland farmer, and a Director on the United Soybean Board, as she joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update! Stay with us after the break for more Farm Factor with Kyle and Lindsey Douglas.