ISA sponsored lunch at the U of I Agronomy Day on August 19th, as part of a Soyleic Field Day that afternoon. Dr. Brian Diers, Dr. Steven Schnebly, and Mr. Bryan Stobaugh discussed opportunities created by soybean varieties with high quality oil produced by the Soyleic trait. SOYLEIC, patented by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, is a non-GMO, high-oleic trait available for today’s soybean varieties, which results in high oleic oil and meal.
The U of I soybean breeding program has been developing SOYLEIC varieties since 2015 through support by the United Soybean Board (USB). Although breeding is a long-term effort and combining the four genes required for SOYLEIC soybean is a difficult task, the program is now achieving success and has developed experimental lines that combine competitive yields with the SOYLEIC trait.