Case Studies


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    New Propane Dryer Increases Crop Quality for New York Grain Producer

    Family-owned Maple Lane Farms in Marietta, N.Y., has grown from a small, 100-acre farm to a 1,000-acre operation. Along with 450 dairy cows, Maple Lane Farms produces corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. After 30 years of use, they decided to upgrade their 1980 grain dryer and install a new, more efficient propane-powered model. The result was 38 percent lower drying costs and improved final grain quality.

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    Nebraska Farmer Increases Horsepower and Efficiency with Propane Irrigation

    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. After considering diesel, he again chose a propane-powered engine for its higher horsepower and smooth RPM. The upgrade increased overall fuel efficiency and lowered the operation’s fuel costs.

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    Nebraska Farmer Increases Irrigating Hours, Reduces Fuel Costs with Propane Irrigation

    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.

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    Indiana Producer Yields High Quality Grain, Improved Efficiency with New Grain Dryer

    Always looking for new ways to increase productivity and save money, Carnahan & Sons Inc. upgraded to a new, propane-powered GSI X-Stream grain dryer. The farm has been using propane-powered grain dryers since 1965, and the newest dryer increased efficiency by 20 percent, reduced energy costs, improved grain quality, and expanded the farm's marketing window.

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    Propane-Powered Irrigation Engine Reduces Costs Improves Efficiency For Florida Dairy Farmer

    Shenandoah Dairy in Live Oak, Fla. 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: lower operating costs, an estimated $10 per hour savings in fuel costs, and reduced oil changes.

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    Nebraska Producer Improves Efficiency with Powerful New Propane Engine

    Faced with drought-like conditions during the summer of 2012, Marvin Schultis of Schultis Farms in Fairbury, Neb. was forced to irrigate longer and more frequently. To reduce his costs and increase efficiency, Schultis took advantage of the Propane Farm Incentive Program and used the incentive to upgrade to a powerful new propane engine.

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    Vineyard Case Study

    Doug Boyer had always wanted to work on a ranch. When he came across a remote vineyard property in Creston, Calif. with 22 acres of vines already planted, he seized the opportunity. Thirteen years later, Boyer has 35.5 acres and more than 22,000 vines of Cabernet and white Rhône-style grapes. With costs for water, chemicals, and farm labor on the rise, the businessman side of Boyer was looking 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.

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    Walnut Case Study

    Eric Montemagni, a second-generation farmer, cares for 150 acres of English walnuts on his ranch in Visalia, Calif. Montemagni is always looking for ways to make his operation more cost-effective so when he was looking for an affordable and reliable irrigation solution, he was pleased to find a propane option available. By choosing the propane-powered Origin 8.0-liter engine, he immediately reduced his energy expenses while improving efficiency and decreasing his environmental impact.

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    Swindle Case Study

    The family-run Swindle Farms, in Elaine, Ark., primarily used diesel to power farm operations and irrigate its 8,000 acres of corn, milo, wheat, rice, and soybeans. As prices for diesel continued to rise, Swindle Farms became concerned about the cost of irrigating its crops. When it was time to replace some of their old diesel engines, they began to consider alternative fuel options.

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    Propane Flame Weed Control System Case Study

    In 2012, Larry Stanislav participated in a University of Nebraska—Lincoln research study to test a propane flame weed control system on his organic farm. Study results show that this method doesn’t disturb soil micro life or organic matter, resulting in healthier soil with improved moisture retention. The new technology helped Stanislav Organic Farm control more than 95 percent of its weeds, while reducing labor and fuel costs.

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