Whoever wins the presidential race will likely be pleased to hear this news: farmers (at least soybean farmers) are getting into biodiesel. Soybean farmers, through their checkoff program, are supporting the National Tractor Pullers Association spreading the word about biodiesel among tractor pulling fans. It will be showcased by NTPA allowing the use of 100 percent biodiesel in all diesel pulling competition classes starting next season.

NPTA is an association supported by Midwest farmers and government officials to maintain industry standards and excellence through competitive events. As for soybean checkoff, this is a national standard that soybean groups enacted years ago to comply with federal agriculture regulations. The idea behind the NPTA and soybean farmer alliance is to increase biodiesel demand by proving the performance benefits of biodiesel.

A recent industry study found that using B100 biodiesel in a pulling tractor can add up to four percent more horsepower and torque over traditional diesel. Biodiesel is also valued by agribusiness for improving mileage, cetane and lubricity, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and improving independence from foreign oil.

The United Soybean Board has been working with the NTPA for the past six years to help increase biodiesel availability and use among pulling fans. Another part of this biodiesel farmer competition that should go over well with Romney or Obama is that the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it will require an increase of biodiesel next year – to 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Willy Nelson probably likes that one, too.


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      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      B100 is somewhat interesting for a side show, but all the diesel vehicles sold in the US are certified only for B5 or B20. B20 has very good lubrication properties, so the extra cost is balanced out by not having to run diesel additives for extra lubricity. Making B20 much more common would more than use all the biodiesel produced in the world, so there is little need for B100 in the real world.
      Aaron Schwarz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good In 2011 society produced 6 billion gallons of biodiesel :) I hear a lot of people complain about the sustainability of bio-fuels: and the price pressure that they place on food crops.... ever heard of condoms and birth control? We would not have to industrially farm in an unsustainable way if there were 5 billion less humans to feed. Our population is the primary driver of most environmental, natural resource, pollution and other anthropogenic environmental and sustainability problems. Many people who reproduce do so selfishly without even considering the impact they are having... 20 kids and counting. Over a third of earths people liven in abject poverty without access to basic utility, education or medicine. The relationship between overpopulation and poverty is undeniable. I am glad to hear that the people in the center of America are embracing sustainable fuels! Woot Woot
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron Schwarz
        @ Aaron Schwarz Should we have a cull of all those 'undeserving' human beings ? You don't love the environment, you just hate human beings ! You're entire way of life is created from the exploitation of those nations with 'over-population' ! The goods you buy so cheaply, and with such diversity are created by those 'over-populated nations. But, you should start to consider, what will happen when the developed worlds can no longer cope with the economic cost of an aging population ? Where will be the young men for your military ? " The vagabond who's rapping at your door Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.... [Bob Dylan]
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ Marcopolo Your name calling and insults accomplish nothing other than paining a picture of your hypocritical condescending judgmental personality: your obviously the person that hates other people! Go look in the mirror! You claim that I hate people because I understand that human population grown over the last 3 centuries is unsustainable and a large driver of many of the sustainability problems we are facing with ecological destruction associated with human activity at the scale required to sustain so many people, which makes absolutely no sense! Your Wrong! The thing is, I do care. You do not know who I am. You hide behind your pseudonym and throw insults at me? What does that say about you? Cui Bono? If you disagree with any of the points I made in my comment, address them in order rather than spouting off immature rhetoric full of empty baseless assumptions and nonsense. I have read your comments you smug blowhard. You like troll around throwing insults at other people who don't share your worldviews: and instead of address their posting, you just sling mud at people. Do think that is really doing anything to advance your cause? Your the one who needs to find faith in God! Your clearly mistaken about my ethics and morals when you suggest that I hate other people. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Your a smug narcissistic troll, and there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to this effect in your long history of negative hate fill comments.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron Schwarz
        Many western nations have negative birth rates, so to keep populations up for social programs, they invite in immigrants from those 20+ kid families in god forsaken parts of the world. With multi-cultural ism, they aren't expected to adopt the ways of their new host countries, but keep the ways of where they came from. What could possibly go wrong?
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          lol Your spot on about the negative birth rates of many "developed" countries. Many confused pundits have claimed that this negative birth rate will erode economic stability and cause financial collapse...lol... because they live in a imaginary mental space where earths resources are infinite and economic growth and population growth are inexorably linked. They ironically believe that any decrease in human population growth will damage the global economy. They worship growth driven capitalist ideologies that frame the value of person as nothing more than a wage slave. Our entire economic system is a form of prostitution: where people sell their bodies in one way or the other for money. I personally like the idea of a resource based economy... I can't wait to get flamed for saying that... Marcopolo et. al. We will not be able to outsource to cheap labor forever. Have seen pictures of or been to China lately? Those so called "developing countries" are starting to look like western Europe and America. They are building a "car" based infrastructure, and this will place price pressures on fossil fuels, finite fuels that are being ever more rapidly depleted: some are even calling for increased production to bring prices down lol... ref. Newt Ginggrinch et. al. Don't worry Ezee, the world is going to end this year anyway: lets just throw caution to the wind and burn up every available bit of fossil carbon to pursue epic modernity and vanity for all of earths 7 billion + people! jk :P
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will biodiesel be as harmful to my truck as ethanol is to my car?
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        ethanol hasn't hurt your car unless you have a pre-1985 car, or somebody cut corners building you a crappy car.
        howam00
        • 2 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        Actually B100 would be quite good for your diesel motor. The increased lubricity is key for seals and such and the increased solvent properties will help keep carbon and other junk from accumulating in lines, injectors, etc. (as a heads up if you have historically used straight dino juice a break in period of B20-B50 is recommended for a few tanks as is replacing the fuel filter a couple of times {after each tank or two} as existing deposits will be cleaned out. Also beware that some older fuel lines may be eaten away too) I have been searching for a decent Gen 1 or 2 Dodge with the 5.9 Cummins that I can convert over to B100 eventually. That motor would last forever with B100, if only the good ones weren't at least $10k......
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      And then we can export more of our regular diesel to Europe! Muahahahahahahahahahaha!
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should allow electric tractors to compete, but it wouldn't be a fair competition... AWD, heavy, lots of torque, no shifting. Weight isn't a liability so you could even go with cheaper NiMH cells.
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Just take an electric motor out of a train, and stack a bunch of batteries as far out on the frame as possible, and start breaking some axles!
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        You could probably run exibition for a bit or maybe talk them into letting it run Unlimited. Biggest problem would be weight, as there's Max weight restrictions in pulling. Would also have to be 2wd (fairness and all). Could be cool to see, would be a lot different noise.
        HVH20
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        There are a few people putting these together, its on my to-do list this winter. They have to run unlimited class since there isnt a category for them yet.
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        The 85kWh battery from the Performance Signature Tesla Model S is a good example of the kind that would really rock performance in a tractor. LiFePO4 is also an abuse tolerant EV battery tech that would work wonders!
        chechnya
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        In that case, ultra capacitors from EEStor would be bett.. oh wait. By the way.. it's been many months and no EEStor story.. what gives?
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bio-diesel's great ! So, are tractor pulls (if you're into that sort of thing). However, and here's the tricky bit, it's like electricity made from bio-mass, it's only economic on a micro-scale in selected locations ! I own farms on in two very different hem-spheres. In the UK, we have installed two bio-mass generators and generate enough power fro our own property, but enough surplus to meet many of the requirements of a modest village. In Australia, we produce bio-diesel for our own use, but far from supporting us the Australian government heavily taxes what we declare, while subsidizing diesel and LPG ! So why do I oppose the US government decision to mandate the use of Bio-diesel ? Because it just plain wrong to force citizens to buy an uneconomic fuel for purely political and ideological reasons. While bio-diesel is mandated it will always be inefficiently grown and produced. End the mandate, and let the market decide ! (the government can always tax the oil product more). 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel, may sound impressive. But in fact, the impact of any environmental benefit is miniscule. It's little more than a token gesture to distract from undertaking any real environmental reform.
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