Soybean crush facility will change soybean markets in Wyandot County

By Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood

Freshly laid gravel, bare soil and soybeans growing in the neighboring field set the scene for the groundbreaking of the new Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) soybean crush facility in June. Construction has started for the massive soybean processing plant in Upper Sandusky that will integrate crushing, vegetable oil refining, and lecithin production and packaging capabilities. The new facility will have an annual crush capacity of over 55 million bushels — around 20% of Ohio’s annual soybean production.

“Ohio is fifth in bushels and we believe at the Ohio Soybean Association that we have the best beans here in Ohio — that’s why we want them to keep using our soybeans for oil,” said Rusty Goebel, a Williams County farmer and president of the Ohio Soybean Association. “In a rural community you can’t overstate the importance of the jobs and economic impact from all investments. This new plant will drive more demand for our soybeans.… Continue reading