The Story Behind SOYLEIC®

A discovery, an evaluation, and a decade of research resulted in SOYLEIC®.


In the late 2000s, Grover Shannon and the soybean breeding team at the University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta Research Center discovered a non-GMO high oleic trait that stemmed from a traditional cross in the field. Shannon then partnered with a USDA molecular geneticist, Kristin Bilyeu, to evaluate the importance of a non-GMO high oleic trait.

The resulting patents were licensed to the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. Led by MSMC and funded through the soy checkoff, several land grant universities and private organizations are working to expand the trait to maturity groups 00 to VII.


Partner Resources

The opportunities for SOYLEIC® soybeans are numerous, and the success of the trait is dependent on the partnership between organizations like the United Soybean Board and QUALISOY.

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MSMC Details

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is a farmer run organization dedicated to improving the profitability of the Missouri soybean farmer through a combination of research, promotion and education.

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U.S. soybean producers participating in the soybean checkoff, contributing at a rate of 0.5 percent of the market price per bushel, when the crop is first sold. Half of all checkoff dollars remain in the state where they are collected; the other half is forwarded to the United Soybean Board where it is combined with funds from across the nation.

SOYLEIC® High Oleic Soybean Fact Sheet

Contact us with questions and for more information about SOYLEIC®.