Like the family fine china set, beliefs about vehicles, equipment, and fuels are often passed down from generation to generation. Should you buy the green tractor or the red one? Do you drive a truck with the blue oval or the bowtie?
Beliefs about ethanol fuels are also often based on the beliefs of the previous generation. We often hear, “My dad told me not to use E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline) in my boat/motorcycle/lawnmower” along with reasons like “it attracts water”, “it’s corrosive” and “it goes bad faster”. Common misconceptions like these cause consumers to go out of their way to find “non-oxygenated” gasoline – gasoline with no ethanol added.
Ethanol is a low-cost, high-octane fuel. Adding ethanol to gasoline increases the octane while reducing the cost of the fuel. If you’ve chosen to purchase non-oxygenated gasoline in the past, you’ve likely noticed a significant increase in price for that fuel. Ethanol is also cleaner than other octane enhancers, reducing emissions harmful to the environment and human health.
A 10 percent ethanol blend is found in more than 95 percent of gasoline sold in the U.S. today. Manufacturers build products with the proper components to run on E10. For more information on E10 approvals by marine engine, motorcycle, off-road and small engine manufacturers visit the Renewable Fuel Associations website at https://ethanolrfa.org/consumers/boats-motorcycles-small-engines/
Ethanol can hold more water in suspension than gasoline. This means that water that may enter the tank is less likely to drop to the bottom and will be pulled through and out of the system as the fuel is used. While there is a lot of talk about ethanol and phase separation, it takes a lot of water for this to occur. Following proper storage and maintenance best practices will prevent this from happening.
Air is not your fuel’s friend. Water in fuel can come from condensation from the air. As temperatures get colder at night or as summer turns into fall, air can hold less water and it will condense into the fuel. Water can also enter through leaks and loose or missing caps. Air also contains oxygen. Oxygen in a fuel tank leads to oxidation, resulting in fuel degradation. Whether it contains an ethanol blend or not, gasoline will degrade if stored for extended periods without proper handling.
Housekeeping Best Practices
Always check your owner’s manual for fuel and storage recommendations.
During the “In-Season”, keep tanks full to prevent air in the headspace which leads to condensation and oxidation.
During the “Off-Season”, when storing equipment for an extended period, we recommend filling your tank full and sealing it with an airtight cover to prevent air and evaporation. This method prevents wasting of fuel and does not add cost. Emptying the tank and fuel system is another option if there is little fuel remaining that would be wasted. If you do not completely fill or empty the tank, use a fuel stabilizer, running the engine briefly to allow the stabilizer to reach the entire fuel system.
Ethanol is a renewable fuel produced in North Dakota, using North Dakota-grown corn, supporting North Dakota families. You can save money and choose a cleaner, more renewable fuel blend simply by choosing E10 for your small engines, just like you would for your gasoline-powered car or truck.
NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE
March 23, 2021
For immediate release
Living Ag Classrooms online
BISMARCK – Each spring the Living Ag Classroom travels across North Dakota with more than 5,000 fourth and fifth graders in attendance. While in-person Living Ag Classrooms were not held this spring, the commodity groups, agencies and associations that teach students have put their presentations into an online resource housed on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture in the Classroom website.
North Dakota Corn Utilization Council Elects New Leadership
FARGO, North Dakota — March 22, 2021 — The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council elected leadership for the year ahead at their spring board meeting on March 17, 2021. These changes will take effect on April 1, 2021. (more…)
By Ralph Loos, U.S. Meat Export Federation Director of Communications
As the world adjusts to COVID-19, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is finding new ways to create demand for U.S. beef, pork and lamb. Adapting its programs to reach importers and consumers in new ways – virtual trainings, online seminars and social media promotions are some examples – USMEF sees recent rebounds in red meat exports as a sign its innovative work is paying off. (more…)
The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council publishes an annual report and year in review at the end of each fiscal year. To receive a free copy of a report, or to sign up for future free publications from the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council please send a note to or call 701-566-9322.
After careful consideration and discussion among their respective boards, the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC), the North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA), the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC), and the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) have announced that their fourth annual Northern Corn and Soybean Expo will transition to a virtual format in 2021 due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
NDCUC Supports Corn Exports Through U.S. Poultry and Egg Industry
Did you know that the U.S. poultry and egg industry is one of the largest users of U.S. corn, accounting for 12.2% of all the corn produced in the U.S? The U.S. poultry and egg industry consumes about 2.15 billion bushels of corn annually and used an average share of 13% of the U.S. total corn supply for the past three years.
North Dakota is divided into seven districts. These districts elect a member to serve producers on the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. Robert Ferebee of Halliday, ND represents those producers in District 7. District 7 is comprised of McKenzie, Dunn, Golden Valley, Billings, Stark, Slope, Hettinger, Bowman, Adams, McLean, Mercer, Pliver, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Sheridan, Burleigh, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, Wells and Kidder Counties.
North Dakota retailers are pretty in pink this October. Eighteen Unleaded88 fuel retailers across the state are participating in the third annual Pink at the Pump® campaign to raise funds for breast cancer awareness while increasing consumer awareness about Unleaded88 – a higher octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Participating retailers will donate three cents of every gallon of Unleaded88 sold from Oct. 1-31 to North Dakota Women’s Way.
“North Dakota’s corn growers are proud to be a partner in this effort,” says Terry Wehlander, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council chairman. “Ethanol is the world’s cleanest source of fuel octane. By choosing Unleaded88 during October, consumers are fighting breast cancer at the pump while supporting North Dakota’s corn farmers.”
Unleaded88 is a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol, just five percent more ethanol than E10, the most commonly used fuel in the U.S. Unleaded88 is often sold at a 5- to 10-cent per-gallon discount to E10 and is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles.