Propane can impact nearly every aspect of your farming operation from grain dryers and heaters, to hot water and power for your barns and livestock. Propane is the only thing on your farm working as hard as you.
The Propane Farm Incentive Program
A research program sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) that documents the performance of propane technologies used on the farm. Farmers who enroll qualifying equipment in the program can earn a financial incentive up to $5,000 in exchange for simply reporting the real-world performance data of their equipment.Learn About the Propane Farm Incentive Program
Ways propane can benefit your operation
- IRRIGATION ENGINES – Lower Costs, Fewer Emissions, Happier Farmers
Propane-powered irrigation engines are making a major difference on farms coast-to-coast, improving bottom lines, and minimizing operations’ environmental impacts. Today’s engines incorporate the latest technology, so they’re more efficient, reliable, and durable. Ninety-six percent of farmers who use one would recommend a propane-powered irrigation engine; compared with diesel, gasoline, or electric, they’re the clear choice.
- GREENHOUSE HEAT – Consistent Heat, Consistent Savings
Constant, even heat is key for greenhouse operations, and propane delivers. Not only is propane reliable and safe, new greenhouse heating systems are more fuel efficient than older greenhouse heaters. Those are savings that can directly affect your bottom line.
- WATER HEATING – Fast and Efficient
Propane is in its element when it comes to water heating, with greater efficiency and effectiveness than electric, heating oil, or other options. If your operations require a steady stream of hot water on-demand, propane is the answer.
- FLAME WEED CONTROL – Effective, Environmentally-Friendly
An environmentally friendly alternative to harmful herbicides, propane-powered flame weed control is growing in popularity. The intense heat ruptures plant cells, causing weeds to wither and die just as effectively as other weed control means.
- ORCHARD/VINEYARD HEATERS AND WIND MACHINES – Frost and Freezing Have Met Their Match
Take the high heat content of propane, and a new, cutting-edge orchard heater design that pushes heat down and out, and the result is increased warm air retention in the crop zone. Combined with propane-powered wind machines, you get a more effective, efficient way to protect orchard crops or vineyards from devastating frosts and freezing.
- CROP DRYERS – Get Harvest Flexibility and Lower Fuel Costs
Farmers who harvest early bring in more total crop, and a propane crop dryer ensures excess moisture is removed for storage. The extra grain harvested can more than make up for the cost of drying with propane, and new technology is making dryers much more efficient. Participants in the incentive program who purchased new, efficient crop dryers reported a 50 percent reduction in fuel cost per bushel compared with previously owned propane models.
- ANIMAL BUILDING HEATING – Safe, Cost Effective Heat
Propane delivers clean, efficient heat that can keep animal containment areas warm during the cold winter months, with a number of space heating options available. All of the 2014 incentive program participants reduced or maintained fuel consumption, and they unanimously reported they are likely to purchase or recommend another propane-powered swine animal heating system.
- GENERATORS – Power When and Where You Need It
With other propane applications on your farm, a propane-powered generator just makes sense. It prevents costly interruptions in operations and ensures critical farm equipment like water wells and building ventilation fans are always functioning. Propane is also a cost-effective choice for your operation with lower fuel costs and greater fuel-efficiency than gasoline or diesel generators. Additionally, propane has a significant performance advantage: unlike gasoline or diesel, it won’t degrade over time, so it’s always ready to be put to work.
Propane can lower your fuel costs for nearly every application. Today’s propane‑powered crop dryers are up to 50 percent more fuel efficient than the previous generation of dryers and with fewer emissions as well. No matter the size of your operation, we can customize a fueling plan that’s right for you, with delivery right to your farm.
Would you like Rahn’s Oil & Propane to deliver propane to your farm? You’ll appreciate our local, family-owned business approach to customer service. Know that your delivery will be reliable. Every agriculture operation is different. If you have specific questions or requests please call 320-256-3680 and one of our local team members will help you.