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Corn+Soybean Digest

Tips for saving fuel, energy on the farm

Energy costs may not be your largest expense on the farm, but it's one that you can jump in on and make a fairly large impact without changing productivity, says Mark Hanna, Extension ag engineer at Iowa State University. He offers ideas for conserving fuel, including reduced tillage passes, shifting up, front-wheel assist and hybrid choice and drying.

While tillage may be necessary for compacted acres, Hannah says that eliminating a primary tillage pass can save around $4,000 per 1,000 acres.

He also says that shifting up with lighter loads can save about 20%, and using front-wheel assist can save 5-10% in fuel costs, too.

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