John Deere has announced it plans to use B2, a blend of two percent biodiesel fuel, as the preferred factory-fill in diesel propelled machines made in the United States.

“This a big step forward in confirming our commitment for the use of biodiesel fuel,” says Don Borgman, manager market planning and customer integration, John Deere Ag Marketing Center. “Our manufacturing plants in the U.S. will use B2 biodiesel for fueling tractors, combines, self-propelled sprayers, and other diesel powered machines.”

Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from domestic renewable resources, like soybean oil. It contains no petroleum but can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. B2 fuel is a blend of two percent biodiesel with ninety-eight percent petroleum diesel.

“Working with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) we are promoting the use of B2 fuel because it is readily available and meets the high quality fuel standards that we have set for our engines, and it is a positive step toward adoption of renewable fuels,” says Borgman.

“There will be a transitional stage before all machines have the B2 fuel,” explains John Gordon, manager, engine technology and test lab operations, John Deere Power Systems. “We will publicize our fuel specs and actively encourage our customers to use the B2 formula in their own operations.”

“We are extremely pleased to see that John Deere is making the commitment to use this environmentally-friendly fuel,” says Darryl Brinkmann, Chairman of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and Carlyle, Ill., soybean grower. “It is a positive step towards bringing more biodiesel to the marketplace. It is simple to use, biodegradable, non-toxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Owners of diesel powered equipment can truly benefit from using this fuel, which also promotes domestic energy security.”

For more information check out the Press Center/News or the Environment and Safety section of the Web site at www.JohnDeere.com or visit the NBB Web site at www.biodiesel.org.