Benson Hill Seeds announces it will release Ultra-High Protein soybean varieties in 2021

March 26, 2020
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According to Benson Hill, the launch includes 20,000 acres, with plans to increase acreage tenfold in 2022. The varieties add to the seed business's eMerge and Navita lines and were likely developed through traditional breeding assisted by Benson's computational breeding platform. It claims the new variety will reduce processing costs across food and feed markets by reducing the number of crushing passes and increasing the protein content by up to 50% – based on the 34% average protein content, an increase to 51%. While yields, pest resistance, and environmental resistance of the varieties are unknown, interest will be high given the excitement behind alternative proteins. Clients must now balance consumer, process, and production traits.

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