Ethanol Shines Bright
The sparkle of a 1969 Chevrolet Nova caught the eye of showgoers at the Super Chevy Show in Joliet, Ill., this summer. Likewise, the show's judges loved Glenn Buck's bright tangerine and pearl gem—as well as the car's corn-fed roots.
"Competition was tough, and I didn't think I was going to win anything,” Buck says. But at the end of the weekend the E-85 powered Chevy Nova edged out a win in its respective class. Buck received a plaque that shines like his cherished Nova, as well as a winner's jacket.
During the course of the show, Buck took a few trips down the 1⁄4-mile stretch, running a best time of 12½ seconds at 110 mph. The power of ethanol fuel impressed many at the racetrack when Buck's car pulled the front wheels off the ground. Although ethanol seems to receive a lot of negative response at car shows, Buck's Nova has been a positive influence for the alternative fuel. Many racers at the Joliet show voiced how impressed they were with Buck's car and their interest in converting to ethanol power.
Buck owns a garage in Mexico, Mo., located in the seat of Audrain County, the biofuel capital of Missouri.
What a Day!
Haste Makes Waste
This grain bin was hastily moved from another farm—and hastily filled with high-moisture corn. In the course of reconstructing the bin, not all of the crossbars were put back in the walk-in door…proving that haste makes waste.
by the numbers:
Estimated number of turkeys raised in the U.S. in 2007
Pounds of turkey
consumed yearly by the typical American in 2005
Cost per pound of a frozen turkey in December 2006
Estimated pounds of cranberries produced in 2007
Pounds of sweet potatoes produced by major production states in 2006
Bushels of wheat produced in the U.S. in 2006
Value of pumpkins
produced from major production states in 2006