Many of the souped-up tractors that race down tracks across the country this tractor pull season will get an added boost with 100 percent biodiesel (B100).
A seven-year partnership between U.S. soybean farmers and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) reached a new milestone this year when the NTPA agreed to allow the use of 100 percent biodiesel in all diesel pulling classes for this season.
Using biodiesel in pulling competition can provide a 4 percent increase in torque and horsepower, according to a study funded by the state soy checkoff board in Minnesota and conducted by United Pullers of Minnesota.
"Performance results like these are an added bonus to the environmental and economic benefits of using biodiesel," says Larry Marek, soy checkoff farmer-leader and a soybean farmer from Riverside, Iowa. "If NTPA pullers can get these kinds of results on the track, we can certainly get great results using B100 on the farm."
Also returning to the track this season will be the "Powered by Biodiesel," Light Pro Stock class, in which all competitors are required to use biodiesel blends.
"B100 performs well, and is dependable even in the most excruciating tests," says Gregg Randall, NTPA office general manager. "Pullers will definitely want to take advantage of the fuel this pulling season."
Click here to view the entire 2013 NTPA competition schedule.