New Propane Irrigation Engine Introduced

Cindy Zimmerman

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Origin Engines have released a new, emissions-certified, 9.1-liter propane irrigation engine as an alternative for producers to Tier 4 diesel models. PERC invested in the development and commercialization of the engine and provided industry expertise to Origin, which has over three decades of experience designing and manufacturing engines for industrial, on-road, and …

Irrigation, PERC, Propane, Water

Propane Powered Engines for Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

2014 World LP Gas Forum Photo Album The new Tier 4 emission standards for diesel engines have opened up new opportunities for propane in the agricultural engine market. At the World LP Gas Forum in Miami this week, Propane Education and Research Council agricultural director Cinch Munson talked about how they have worked with OEMs to develop and commercialize new …

Audio, Energy, Irrigation, PERC, Propane, Video

PERC Calculators Estimate Propane Cost Savings

Cindy Zimmerman

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has just released a suite of cost calculator tools for customers in three of the industry’s fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets. The calculators are designed to estimate potential fuel savings and ROI with clean, American-made propane when compared with conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel. “At PERC, we’ve have …

Audio, Energy, Irrigation, Propane

Farmers Use of Electricity on the Rise

Joanna Schroeder

According to a recent Today in Energy, published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), farmers make up a large share of electricity use in the industrial sector. A significant portion of a growers’ electricity needs is for farm irrigation systems, which are categorized by electric utilities as industrial load. For example, Nebraska is largely rural and agricultural, but it has …

Agribusiness, biomass, Energy, Irrigation, Renewable Energy

Hortau Tweet Gets our Attention

Cindy Zimmerman

As I said before, we were so busy at Commodity Classic even with four people we were unable to cover everything we wanted to cover, but one company did something that caught our attention and made us go out of our way to meet them. @Hortau Simplified Irrigation sent a tweet to @Agriblogger asking him to come by and do …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Farming, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture, Twitter

Bayer Panel Addresses Water Security

Cindy Zimmerman

What the world needs most is water – but beer is pretty important too! So water security was one of the issues addressed during a panel at the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues forum last week in San Antonio, and beer was a big part of the discussion. The panelists included (left to right) Dr. Marco Ugarte with MillerCoors, Gary Beck …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Farming, Irrigation

See Propane-Fueled Technology at Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

If you are heading to Commodity Classic this week, be sure to stop by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) booth to see what is new for the farm from propane. PERC will display new propane-fueled engines for irrigation and register producers for more than $4,000 in propane equipment incentives through the Propane Farm Incentive Program. Producers visiting PERC …

Commodity Classic, Farming, Irrigation, Propane

2012 World Food Prize Laureate

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate is credited with revolutionizing food production through micro-irrigation to allow farmers to produce “more crop per drop.” Dr. Daniel Hillel is pictured here during the World Food Prize ceremony last week flanked by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Food Prize Chairman John Ruan III. An Israeli-American, Dr. Hillel began his pioneering scientific work …

Audio, Elanco, Farming, Food, Irrigation, World Food Prize

TeeJet SraySelect App

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s ag app day I guess. TeeJet Technologies just announced their SraySelect App. TeeJet Technologies is pleased to offer growers and custom applicators a new tool for simplifying their spraying operations. The SpraySelect mobile app allows the user to quickly and easily choose the proper spray tip for a given application. Just enter speed, tip spacing and target rate, select …

Apps, Irrigation

PureSense Irrigation Manager Android App

Chuck Zimmerman

It looks like the Android app market is beginning to see some agricultural applications. PureSense Environmental Inc. announced today that its Irrigation Manager(TM) Android application is now available through the Android Market. The PureSense app allows growers to monitor their real-time field conditions and irrigation activity from their Android phones. Monitoring stations placed throughout growers’ fields send data through the …

Agribusiness, Internet, Irrigation