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Energy Use on Farms and Ranches
irrigation equipment
Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops. A series of tips and factsheets have been recently produced that provide some helpful suggestions on ways to reduce energy use in irrigation, in buildings and in the field.
  • “Ventilation Fans: Efficiency and Maintenance” this NebGuide from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln describes efficiency and design factors to consider when selecting a ventilation fan and what maintenance procedures are needed for efficient operation.
  • “Reducing Energy Costs in Agriculture” from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, offers a number of suggestions on reducing energy costs in buildings, managing energy use in the field and other tips.
  • “Water Use Efficiency in Agriculture” from the Santa Clara Water District provides links to two different irrigation scheduling calculators — drip and sprinkler — that can be used to estimate the amount of water used or project future use.
  • “Energy Efficient Crop Irrigation” from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies offers a factsheet for programmable logic controllers that expand center pivot irrigation systems to be able to apply water-soluble pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers.
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