The research boys in Oklahoma
are only reinventing the wheel so far as watermelon ethanol technology is concerned. Us red-necked people have honed that system to perfection over the years. We simply fill a pocket with watermelon seeds that we have saved from a prior year and as we plant our cotton and corn we simply drop a few watermelon seeds into the drill from time to time. The plants grow without further attention. As the fruits ripen both the two and four legged animals harvest what they desire.
The merits of watermelon wine are celebrated in southern folk music. In fact we have been making watermelon wine (ethanol, for you college people) longer than your farm has been producing corn. A right tasty drink can be made with baker's yeast. All the equipment needed can be borrowed from the kitchen. We can even make two hundred gallons for personal consumption without violating the laws. Personally I prefer my corn ground and made into crispy cornbread sticks or toasted tortillos. It is more efficient (less labor intensive, for you college boys) and more pleasing to our uncultured taste buds. Just try to imagine what you could accomplish with a few thousand pounds of watermelon seeds using this "NEW" technology on your corn acres?