Case Studies

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  • ag_4_carnahan

    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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