Soybeans, once considered such a simple crop to grow and market, is becoming more complicated. It's downright confusing when you consider that some new soybean traits are pending import/export approvals in other countries. In fact, until certain soybean traits receive full international approval, many grain elevators will not accept those soybeans.
The American Soybean Association confirmed that fact with its recent announcement that elevators will accept some traited soybeans. Growers can find more information on the ASA website.
Fortunately, there is a soybean trait available that growers can count on this year. LibertyLink® soybeans have all of the necessary domestic and international approvals and will be accepted by elevators this fall.
"LibertyLink soybeans come with the best genetics, yielding up to 2.1 bu/A more than Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans," said Malin Westfall, soybean marketing manager for Bayer. "You also get excellent weed control when you complete the system by applying Liberty® herbicide."
Westfall added that the LibertyLink system is a simply better solution with very low risk, in part because all grain elevators may accept LibertyLink soybeans. It's also a non-volatile, neighbor-friendly herbicide.
"Growers planning to use a traited soybean know they have a weed issue. That's why they choose traits," said Malin Westfall, soybean marketing manager for Bayer. "We're here to help growers control those weeds, get the best yields, and ensure they can market in the fall what they plant in the spring."
Andy Sekel, a grower in Allen County, Indiana agrees. "Last year and this year, we planted all LibertyLink soybeans and that's what we seem to like. We think their varieties are stronger. We had good success with weed control, but the yields were just unbelievable. On a 73 acre piece we yielded 90.5 bu/A and our overall farm average was 69.5 bu/A," shared Sekel. "I would say I'm very satisfied planting LibertyLink soybeans. I think I can make anywhere from $10 to $75/A more, depending on the circumstances. And I think [LibertyLink soybeans] are possibly a stronger bean and healthier bean plant. So I think we're going to continue to stick with this."