Getting the Most for Your Money... Energy Use on Farms and Ranches
Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops and livestock. A series of ideas and factsheets have been produced recently that provide helpful suggestions on ways to reduce energy use in irrigation, in buildings, in the field and on the range.
Energy Efficient Crop Irrigation. This factsheet looks at programmable logic controllers and how they can expand center pivot systems to apply water-soluble pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers as well as irrigate.
A methane digester provides power
for farm buildings.
Methane Digesters. This factsheet examines the pros and cons of anaerobic methane digesters and their use in ag operations. The factsheet also looks at what you should know about them before proceeding. Several federal funding options are also provided.