Corteva, Bunge, and Chevron have partnered on a commercial collaboration to introduce proprietary winter canola hybrids for the U.S. market. The collaboration is focused increasing the availability of vegetable oil feedstocks primarily for the growing domestic renewable fuels market.
“We’re pleased to work with Bunge and Chevron to bring a new option in the southern U.S. that will deliver solutions for farmers to increase productivity and sustainability on their acres, as well as contribute to the need for renewable and less carbon-intensive fuel options,” says Chuck Magro, CEO, Corteva Agriscience.
Canola will be contracted with Bunge Chevron Ag Renewables, the joint venture between Bunge and Chevron.
Winter canola is an option for double cropping systems, following soybeans or cotton, which also does double-duty as a cover crop, the companies say. Winter canola is also a fit for Ontario, however there is only one registered variety for the province at this time.
“Rotational cover crops play a key role in our strategy to continue to develop next generation lower carbon feedstocks. As a leader in oilseed processing, we are pleased to work together with Corteva and Chevron to bring this crop innovation to farmers and process it into sustainable solutions for consumers. This is another step in our commitment to creating clear paths to support the decarbonization of the industry,” says Greg Heckman, Bunge CEO.
A pilot program is expected to be conducted in the 2022-23 growing season to fine-tune best management practices.