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Case IH Promoting Biodiesel Use; B20 Approved on Most Engines

16 November 2006

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Agricultural equipment leader Case IH is promoting the use of biodiesel in its products. All Case IH engines are now warranted for approved B5 blends and use of B20 blends is approved on all Case IH engines other than common rail.

When approved supplies are available, every engine powering Case IH equipment globally is leaving the factory with a biodiesel blend in the tank.

One hundred percent factory fill of a biodiesel blend is a logical next step in the process of embracing biodiesel. Adding to demand for soybeans while producing the crop is the type of strategy our customers like to pursue. It’s good environmental stewardship and it’s good business.

It’s our policy that the only time a piece of our equipment leaves a factory without biodiesel in the tank, it’s because the fuel is unavailable seasonally, or we don’t have a source that meets our quality standards.

—Randy Baker, President of Case IH North America

Case IH is also conducting field testing to determine performance levels of blends up to 100 percent biodiesel as part of a program to ensure maximum productivity and engine durability.

Fuel quality has an impact on the engine warranty. B5 blends must meet the requirements of US standard ASTM6751 on the base biodiesel stock. When using higher 20 percent blends certain handling and maintenance requirements come into play, and customers are advised to speak with their dealers on specific requirements.

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A setup where the farmers can produce their own biodiesel on site would be a nice way of controling one of their major costs. Can this be done efficiently?

Almost chicken and egg thing. CaseIH promoting bidiesel to help soybean farmers sell more soybeans to make biodiesel, ultimately to these same farmers to make more money to upgrade their equipment, perhaps buying CaseIH. Nothing wrong with that, nonetheless.......

But why warranty to B5 only, and not B20? What will B20 do to damage an engine that B5 does not. Does Willie Nelson, and his biodieselidea know about this, along with all the other proponents of biodiesel? Especially when most are proposing to plant every available open square inch of our nations cropland to make biodiesel, to use at the much higher B100!!

Almost chicken and egg thing. CaseIH promoting bidiesel to help soybean farmers sell more soybeans to make biodiesel, ultimately so these same farmers to make more money to upgrade their equipment, perhaps buying CaseIH. Nothing wrong with that, nonetheless.......

But why warranty to B5 only, and not B20? What will B20 do to damage an engine that B5 does not. Does Willie Nelson, and his biodiesel idea know about this, along with all the other proponents of biodiesel? Especially when most are proposing to plant every available open square inch of our nations cropland to make biodiesel, to use at the much higher B100!!

Sounds like a good start for the transition of farm equipment to be less dependent on imported oil products. Farmers who own their land can grow whatever crops they damn well please, so what’s your point MARK A? Bio-fuels will be part of the solution in helping our nation become more energy independent.

Wasnt making any point. Was just, sarcastically, stating the obvious. CaseIH promoting biodiesel because their potential customers supply the feedstock to make BIODIESEL. Sorta obvious, wouldnt that be, so no story here. Just like the cattle industry promoting steakhouses!
The bigger question is why will CaseIH warranty B5 on all engines, but not warranty B20 on all engines??? This is far short of the full B100 that many, especially soybean farmers, are promoting.

I realize that farmers can plant whatever they want. But one year it may be for biodiesel, and create shortages, and higher prices, for E85. The next may be E85, creating shortages for biodiesel. We do not have enough land to plant for biodiesel, E85 ethanol, and food for human consumption all at the same time. Most farmers, if they have a choice, will want a glut of biodiesel, as that will lower their fuel costs. Doesnt take an Einstein there.

Mark

What is you referance for such an extreme position?
There are hundreds of thousands of acres of land, suitable for BioDiesel production, that is not being used for food purposes today.

I am convinced that we could farm Algae in every city sewage settlement pond in the US, that would make us independant of the middle east within five years.

Studies indicate that the Salton Sea alone could suppy us with all the vehicle fuel we need as well as all the heating oil.

All it would take is support by our government for such an approach. Of course that would require honesty and ethics. Both of which are in short supply.

I hear about the Salton Sea concept quite a bit, but hear of major benefits coming from it, especially now with our increasing energy challenged society. If its so great, why is it not supplying, paraphrasing, all our vehicles fuel, along all our heating oil? Or even 50, or even 1 percent? I dont know how much it is currently contributing.

I am encouraged by the algae solution, but dont see major advances being put forward. Hopefully that will change.

But back on the original subject. I dont feel I have an extreme position. I am not anti-farmer. I actually am a small farmer. But I do have a problem with all these "experts" and studies saying we can plant for all our fuel needs, up to 100 percent biodiesel. Other experts say we can plant for all our E85 ethanol needs. We cant supply biodiesel, E85 ethanol, and food for human consumption all at the same time!! These farmers will have a choice in what will best serve their bottom line. This may create shortages of ethanol, biodiesel, or even FOOD, if we are not careful. And we dont need more governmental support/controls over our nations cropland. Todays polititions can barely control their own personal lives. Our nations "usable" farmland is shrinking daily. Its ludicrous to think we can, in the future, grow for everything. Throw in a Katrina style natural disaster at the wrong time in a crops growing cycle, and you just created a supply problem. Farming is a risky venture at best, dealing with the elements. Its also very seasonal in most areas of the country. Corn and soybeans do not grow under snow. We should concentrate on growing food for our bodies first, and any surplus left overcan be used to grow "food" for our fuel tanks. Lets get our priorities straight first.

Mark A, I agree - why is B5 ok for all and B20 not ok for common rail systems? I'd really like to know.

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