High oleic soybeans meet customer needs that commodity soybean oil cannot satisfy. So, as commodity soybean oil continues to meet its own customers’ needs, together the two oils add to the overall demand for U.S. soy.
The higher functionality attracts food customers who need an oil that doesn’t break down in high-heat situations. Food service, such as cafeterias in schools and hospitals, as well as restaurants ranging from fast food to high-end, can benefit from high oleic soybean oil.
But the benefits don’t stop there. For the same reason the food industry wants the oil – high-heat stability – new industrial markets will take another look at U.S. soy. Opportunities to have high oleic soybean oil replace petroleum in synthetic motor oils, automotive lubricants and even cosmetics continue to come to fruition.
If U.S. soybean farmers can prove they will grow a consistent, abundant supply of high oleic oil, the food customers who have turned to other oils will return to their tried-and-true partner: U.S. soy. But first, farmers have to grow them.
Farmers interested in learning more about high oleic soybeans should talk to their local seed rep.