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August 14, 2013
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Webinar to Focus on Ethanol Use in Legacy Engines

Goal is to Create Better Understanding of Modern Fuel Use in Older Tractors and Other Vehicles

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Old tractors are often prized possessions, whether it’s an antique tractor used in shows and parades or that tractor still occasionally putting in an honest day’s work in the field. Tractors and other old vehicles with “legacy” engines in them were designed to run on the fuels of their time, but what about running modern fuels, like ethanol, in these older machines?

A webinar, titled “Ethanol Use in Legacy Engines,” will take place on Friday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. CST to discuss just that. Edwin Brokesh, an instructor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, will present the webinar, which will cover the interaction of ethanol with different materials found in older engines and how the combustion process may affect the operation of older engines. Participants should come away with a better understanding of the care and maintenance of an older engine using ethanol-containing fuels.

Brokesh says much of his work with K-State Research and Extension involves providing people with a basic understanding of biofuels—what they are, how they work in engines, and their differences and similarities. While writing an Extension publication about small non-road engines and ethanol, he had the idea to present this webinar as a learning tool.

“I started to think about all these old tractors that you see at farm shows, parades and fairs, and the countless others that Dad or Grandpa bought new and are still being used,” Brokesh said. “These machines also may see fuels containing ethanol. Because it is fair season, the thought was to produce a webinar now and then to write a publication off of the material presented in it later.”

To participate in this free webinar, start connecting five minutes prior to the start time at Iowa State University. You need a computer with Internet access and speakers. Participants can login by clicking “Enter as a Guest” and entering their name and business or institution, and clicking “Enter Room.” The webinar should last about an hour. To confirm the ability to connect, visit Adobe Connect.

Questions can be directed to Brokesh at 785-532-2907 or ebrokesh@ksu.edu.  To see other farm energy videos or webinars, see Farm Energy Videos.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Katie Allen
K-State Research & Extension News

Edwin Brokesh - ebrokesh@k-state.edu – 785-532-2907