Northwest Ohio has been selected to help develop the next stage of Monsanto’s entry in the high oleic soybean market, Vistive Gold soybeans. Todd Pester, of the Oilseeds Technology Team at Monsanto tells Brownfield they’re working with Heritage Cooperative on a limited number of acres of the Vistive Gold soybeans.
“The grower base that Heritage works with, are very conscientious farmers, experienced at growing soybeans and they understand the intellectual property that’s involved and the identity preservation from these specialty commodity soybeans,” said Pester. “They are a great fit for us as well in terms of managing this product while it is still under stewardship.”
Pester was at the Heritage Co-op Branch at Arlington (Ohio) on Thursday, May 17, to see the facility where the Vistive Gold soybeans will be delivered this fall.
“This is my first visit to the site and I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far, in terms of the caliber of people that work here, the mindset they’re taking this very seriously, that it is a stewarded product,” Pester said. “We have to manage how it is received, how it is stored and then how will be eventually be shipped out for processing,”
3400 acres of Vistive Gold soybeans are being grown in Northwest Ohio this year.