Growers now can access an informational brochure that provides a comprehensive analysis of the protein and oil levels of Pioneer Hi-Bred International soybean varieties to choose seeds that best meet growers' needs and marketplace demands.

Through its IndustrySelect Program, Pioneer has been worked to create and characterize high-yielding products for their potential to deliver on end-user value specifications. This includes offering soybean varieties with higher oil and protein levels, ideal for meeting the needs of the growing biodiesel market.

Each year, Pioneer outlines the specific oil and protein levels of its varieties, providing growers with a better understanding of characterization data and how it can be leveraged to create opportunities and maximize income per acre in the future.

“It's important for growers to know the full characteristics of what they're planting in their fields, whether that's yield potential, agronomic traits, or oil and protein content,” says John Muenzenberger, Pioneer senior marketing manager. “At Pioneer, we're focused on delivering products to our growers that can provide them with the greatest yield per acre and qualities that can help them be more competitive in an evolving marketplace.”

Pioneer characterizes its soybean varieties for protein and oil content by using Near-Infrared instruments (NIR) with industry standard calibrations from the Federal Grain Inspection Service. Those varieties with characterization data that indicate oil levels of 19 percent or more (at 13 percent grain moisture) and/or protein levels of 35 percent or more (at 13 percent grain moisture) have been identified as high-oil and/or high-protein varieties.

The information is helpful for growers who want to take advantage of the growing demand for soybean oil — whether for food, feed or industrial uses.

In the food market, we're already seeing the popularity of low linolenic soybeans in the production of cooking oils that reduce or eliminate trans fats.

Soybeans account for 80 percent or more of the edible fats and oils consumed in the United States and soybean oil is used in industrial paints, varnishes, caulking compounds, linoleums, printing inks and other products.

Growers interested in more information about Pioneer brand soybean varieties suitable for their geography and the oil and protein levels for those varieties can contact their local Pioneer sales professionals.