PERC partnered with engine manufacturers, California equipment dealers, and growers to test the performance of propane-powered engines in the state. Eight units were placed in fields to irrigate a variety of crop types, including rice, wine grapes, feed for dairy cattle, fruits, nuts, and vegetables for one growing season.
With costs for water, chemicals, and farm labor on the rise, this operation searched for ways to improve efficiency and save money. By switching from a diesel-powered irrigation engine to a propane-powered 4.3-liter GM engine, Boyer has significantly reduced his energy costs.
Eric Montemagni, a second-generation farmer, cares for 150 acres of English walnuts on his ranch in California. When he was looking for an affordable and reliable irrigation solution, he was pleased to find a propane option available. Read how he immediately reduced energy expenses, improved efficiency, and decreased his environmental impact.
When Bud Walvoord switched to a pivot irrigation system, he needed new engines with more horsepower to replace the propane engines he'd been running since 1976. Learn why Bud chose diesel over propane, and how the fuel benefitted his operation.
With Nebraska’s history of notoriously hot and dry summers, roughly half of the state’s cropland and pasture is irrigated. Wayne Brinkmeyer’s operation is no exception. When he needed a new power supply for his 1,600-acre operation, he upgraded to a clean, cost-effective propane engine. It reduced fuel costs by 38 percent compared with diesel and 20 percent compared with electric motors.
Faced with drought-like conditions during the summer of 2012, Schultis Farms was forced to irrigate longer and more frequently. To reduce his costs and increase efficiency, Schultis upgraded to a powerful new propane-powered irrigation engine using the Propane Farm Incentive Program.
This dairy purchased tier-3 compliant diesel engines to upgrade its 23 pivot irrigation system. Disappointed with the performance of the diesel engine, the dairy then added a propane engine — and had incredible results.
This family-run operation primarily used diesel to power farm operations and irrigate its 8,000 acres. As prices for diesel continued to rise, however, Swindle decided to replace some of its old diesel engines with clean, efficient propane.
After 30 years of use, this family-owned operation decided to upgrade their 1980 grain dryer and install a new, more efficient propane-powered model. Read how propane affected their drying costs and improved grain quality.
Always looking to improve productivity, Carnahan & Sons Inc. upgraded to a new, propane-powered GSI X-Stream grain dryer. Find out how the dryer exceeded their expectations and widened their marketing window.
Larry Stanislav participated in a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research study to test a propane flame weed control system on his organic farm. Read the study results to find out how propane controlled weeds effectively while reducing labor and fuel costs.