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Benson Hill Harvests 1st Commercial Ultra-High Protein Soybeans

Cindy Zimmerman

Benson HillBenson Hill is celebrating the 2021 harvest of its proprietary soybean varieties, including the first commercial plantings of its Ultra-High Protein (UHP) soybeans and so far results from the field show the advantage of the company’s closed-loop supply chain and crop performance.

“The insights we have gained through this harvest demonstrate the combined power of CropOS® with our integrated supply chain. Thanks to the diligent efforts of our team members and farmer partners, we are particularly pleased with the data acquisition results, which have exceeded our expectations. This work is serving to further strengthen our prediction and simulation capabilities, which inform our product pipeline, field production efforts, and future revenues,” said Matt Crisp, Chief Executive Officer of Benson Hill. “It’s also clear from our progress on contracting 2022 acreage that we are well positioned to help meet growing farmer and market interest in our offerings.”

Benson Hill partners with farmers to optimize expression of protein and other quality traits and to improve sustainability practices on the farm. Contracting acres for 2022 is well underway and commitments have already exceeded the 70,000 acres planted and harvested in 2021. Many returning farmers have increased their acreage commitments, and new farmers seeking to plant Benson Hill’s innovative soybean varieties that can provide value-added consumer market opportunities.

“Growing with Benson Hill has changed the way I measure success. Working to optimize my crop for quality traits gives me access to growing consumer markets with new opportunities for profitability on my farm,” said Ben Thompson, B&A Thompson Grain Farm, Seymour, Indiana. “Benson Hill wants to make an impact on the health and sustainability of our food system. I like that, and I like that they treat me like a real partner to help achieve it.”

Farming, Harvest, Soybean, Technology