John Deere Web site features biodiesel

By Dave Nilles | December 15, 2006
The world's leading manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment is throwing more support behind biodiesel. John Deere announced it has expanded content on its Web site pertaining to biodiesel.

The company's Web site features a 10-page white paper detailing the company's stance on biodiesel and ethanol use. The site also has a 6.5-minute video on biodiesel providing an overview of the company's position on the use of the fuel.

"We believe that supporting the use of 2 percent biodiesel is a logical first step for the industry until challenges with production, quality and distribution are addressed," said Don Borgman, John Deere's director of agricultural industry relations.

John Deere approved the general use of B5 in 2001 and initiated a factory fill program for its self-propelled equipment in March 2005. The company said it is investing millions of dollars in technologies and additives that will further encourage biodiesel use.

"It is John Deere's belief that the industry benefits far more if everyone has a good experience with B2 or B5 instead of most people having a good experience with B20," the white paper said.

The move is a step closer to the stance of one of John Deere's biggest competitors. Wisconsin-based Case IH announced in November that it approved the use of B20 in most of its engines. The company already warranted the use of B5 in all of its engines.

Case also said it was conducting field tests to determine the performance levels of higher biodiesel blends, including B100.

Dave Nilles is Online Editor for Biodiesel Magazine. Reach him at [email protected] or (701) 373-0636.

Posted: 1:38 p.m. CST Monday, January 8, 2007
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