Going the route of sports sponsorship, the United Soybean Board (USB) claims its support of the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) has earned the tractor pullers’ approving the use of 100 percent biodiesel fuel (B100) in all diesel pulling classes beginning next season.

The hope is that increased biodiesel demand will occur as the tractor pullers show performance benefits that farmers, truck drivers and others could experience by using B100, according to the USB.

A recent study by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the United Pullers of Minnesota (UPM) found that using B100 in a pulling tractor can add up to 4 percent more horsepower and torque compared with traditional diesel.

Previously, NTPA fuel regulations limited the use of biodiesel to lower concentrations. This season, the NTPA and UPM allowed the use of B100 on a trial basis and now the policy is “permanently” approved for the full pull series.

“We now have a reliable test to make sure it’s B100, so pullers can use it right out of the pump,” says Gregg Randall, NTPA office general manager. “The biggest thing is that this will be the ultimate proof that biodiesel performs well, which is what our partnership with the soy checkoff is all about.”

The United Soybean Board has partnered with the NTPA for the past six years to help increase biodiesel availability and use among pulling fans.

Biodiesel offers excellent horsepower, mileage, cetane and lubricity. It’s also recognized as an American advanced biofuel due to its ability to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. And since biodiesel’s an American-made fuel that can be made from U.S. soy oil, “it can help Americans declare freedom from foreign oil,” the USB noted.