Landus Cooperative High Oleic Program Takes Stage in Ecuador
Landus Cooperative’s new high oleic soybean program was showcased this month at the US Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Crush Con meeting in Quito, Ecuador, where soybean meal and oil end users convened to learn about the industry’s latest innovations.
Chief Commodity Marketing Officer Ron DeJongh and Chief Animal Nutrition Officer Mark Cullen were invited to speak to approximately 150 attendees from throughout Latin America about the cooperative’s high oleic soybean program for Iowa growers and its exploration into the benefits of high oleic bypass soybean meal for dairy cows. Buyers were interested in Landus Cooperative’s ability to adapt acres to value-added crops, along with its railroad capabilities, soy processing expertise and direct access to growers throughout Iowa.
“USSEC meetings like this introduce us to global end-users seeking quality suppliers with access to the beginning of the supply chain. The connections we make help us pursue demand-driven programs like high oleic that add purpose to every soybean acre planted in Landus Cooperative territory,” DeJongh said.
Speakers at Crush Con estimated nearly a quarter of US soybean acres could transition to high oleic within the next decade. High oleic soybean oil offers consumers a healthier, US-grown choice for oil with benefits comparable to olive oil. In addition to the nutritional improvements high oleic wields over commodity soybean oil (including zero trans fat), it is sought out for its extended shelf life, high smoke point, and neutral flavor.
Research into the benefits of feeding high oleic soybean meal to dairy cows and other livestock is still in early stages, but interest is booming.
“We are on the leading edge of our industry with our exploration of high oleic soybean meal in dairy cow diets. Conference attendees were very curious about the potential impact this meal could have on production animals and ultimately human nutrition,” Cullen said.
This year Landus Cooperative partnered with plant-based technology company Calyxt, Inc. to crush their proprietary variety of high oleic soybeans at the cooperative’s SoyPlus manufacturing plant in Ralston, IA. Over the last six months, the Landus Cooperative team has initiated research into the benefits of feeding high oleic bypass soybean meal to dairy cows and is exploring the impact oleic oil content may have on milk composition.
This spring local Landus Cooperative growers will begin planting Calyxt high oleic soybeans for the first time. The program will feed locally grown, value-added crops directly into the cooperative’s crush plant, elevating profitability of Iowa acres and delivering a total supply chain story to meal end-users. Growers will benefit from the growing demand for high oleic oil, which Calyxt is marketing to food manufacturers and restaurant suppliers nationwide with their Calyno™ oil brand.
“The level of interest expressed by buyers from Mexico, Central America, and South America was undisputable. High oleic is where the future of US soy is heading, and Landus Cooperative is excited to turn this global demand into purposeful programs for our growers,” DeJongh said.