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Approximately one billion gallons of propane are used on more than 660,000 U.S. farms every year. Propane is many farmers' first fuel choice because it is environmentally friendly, nontoxic, reliable, safe, clean, efficient, insoluble in water, so it poses no threat to aquifers or the groundwater supply and can be used in hundreds of different agricultural applications.
Propane is an approved, alternative fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act. It is one of the lightest hydrocarbons in existence, and is one of the cleanest burning of all alternative fuels. There are many possible uses:
Irrigation pumps - Propane-fueled irrigation pumps produce the same amount of power as gasoline or diesel engines, with lower emissions. Propane will not leave a dangerous and sometimes toxic residue, as liquid fuels can.
Incentives Available To: MN residents, companies, farms, fleets & industry members who install a new propane powered engine for irrigation purposes, or purchase a new propane vehicle or convert an existing gasoline powered vehicle with an DPA certified propane system.
Amounts: Installation of a new 2016 or newer propane powered irrigation engine - $300 per liter engine size. Autogas vehicle purchase or conversion of existing gasoline models with EPA certified equipment 2009 or newer - $4000 (limit of 3 incentives per MN resident / industry member)
RULES & APPLICATION - click here & scroll to bottom for irrigation application
Poultry & pig brooding - Infrared propane brooders have proven to be more efficient and stay warmer with less heat than forced-air furnaces. Fuel costs are also 15 to 25 percent less than those for forced-air furnaces.
Crop heating - propane heaters operate efficiently for long periods while producing enough heat to prevent valuable crops from being ruined by unexpected cold spells. Propane is also used in heating greenhouses.
Flame weeding - farmers using propane-gas flame weeders have reported high yields per acre by using propane.
Pest control - propane gas flamers can provide 70 to 90 percent control of wintering adult insects compared with 25 to 50 percent provided by chemical pesticides, and propane flamers cost three to five times less per acre than chemical controls.
Crop drying - propane drying systems are widely used because of the simplicity of the required equipment, which contributes to low equipment, fuel and maintenance costs.
Tractors & forklifts - Studies show that tractors fueled by propane can have lower major overhaul costs than gasoline-powered tractors, and sometimes, engine life is prolonged. Some gasoline-powered tractors that are converted to propane have an increase in power. In a properly modified engine, farmers report the ability to pull larger equipment than before, because propane has much higher octane rating than gasoline.
Properly maintained propane-fueled forklifts operate with emissions well below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
You can take it with you - propane is the most portable alternative fuel. Storage tanks can be placed around the main farm area or in the field. Tanks can also be moved with the work site, allowing farmers to power equipment in even the remotest areas of a farm.