Ethanol and the Peoria County Corn Growers

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 1:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 7:06 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - From e-commerce to biofuels, Illinois farmers know how to market their crops.

Did you know Illinois corn is saving you money at the gas pump?

I woke with Ross Pauli, president of the Peoria County Corn Growers.

The history of ethanol goes back to the early 1900s. Henry Ford, who most people know invented assembly line car production but then it kind of went away because of the wars and they needed our corn and stuff to feed the animals.

Modern-day ethanol started in the early 80s. Automobile companies started making a few flex-fuel vehicles. They have come a long way since those early 80s and made it so they actually have a research plant in Southern Illinois in Edwardsville and they do research all the time and they’ve gone from when ethanal first - you can get maybe one and a half gallons per bushel of corn where today you can almost get three gallons per every bushel of corn. You can get the ethanol - they figured out how to use the byproduct as feed for the animals and then there’s an oil they can use for cooking oil, there’s an oil can use for renewable diesel and renewable aviation fuel which is coming along - that’s a new thing people start hearing about.

So the more they mixed in a gallon of gas the cheaper it is. 98 percent of all gas in the United States 100 percent in unless you find a station that carries maybe a premium - has 10 percent ethanol in it.

The new thing to use if you have a car that’s built after 2001 with most vehicles on the road are can use that E-15 or their marked as E-88 unleaded. That is 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gas - will not hurt any vehicle made after the year 2001.

I have three vehicles - two are just regular and one’s a flex-fuel - which flex-fuel vehicles mean you can run E-85 - any percent of ethanol. I will say as your ethanol goes up you lose a little mileage. My truck gets 1.5 miles per gallon less but if I’m saving 98 cents I’m still way ahead.

All the ethanol that we use - we can raise plenty of ethanol right here in the United States - and it helps the American farmers so you’re helping the American people and economy and it all stays within the United States it’s a win-win but the people have to look “is my vehicle flex fuel?” You just got to educate yourself.

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