In years past, soybeans were considered one of the easiest plants to grow and sell to market but now soybeans have developed to contain so many different traits that it is harder to determine which will be accepted and easiest to market.
According to the American Soybean Association, some traited soybeans are being accepted by grain elevators, but not all elevators will accept all soybean plants. One of the most reliable seeds for this growing season is LibertyLink soybeans, which will be accepted by all domestic and international elevators.
“LibertyLink soybeans come with the best genetics, yielding up to 2.1 bushels per acre more than Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans,” Malin Westfall, Bayer's soybean marketing manager, said. “You also get excellent weed control when you complete the system by applying Liberty herbicide.”
LibertyLink has very few risk factors because all grain elevators may accept LibertyLink soybeans.
“Last year and this year, we planted all LibertyLink soybeans and that’s what we seem to like,” Indiana grower Andy Sekel said. “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 bushels per acre and our overall farm average was 69.5 bushels per acre. I would say I’m very satisfied planting LibertyLink soybeans. I think I can make anywhere from $10 to $75 per acre 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.”