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Study: Propane is No. 1 choice for grain dryingStudy: Propane is No. 1 choice for grain drying

Propane Education & Research Council offers financial incentive toward the purchase of new propane-powered farm equipment.

June 9, 2020

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A new survey from the Propane Education & Research Council finds an overwhelming majority of Midwest producers are choosing propane for grain drying compared with other energy options.

The findings were part of a survey conducted by PERC in the first quarter of 2020 that reached corn and soybean growers in the Midwest and fruit and vegetable growers in California.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • The survey identified the types of energy sources ag producers are using for various applications and propane dominated the grain drying category. Approximately three-fourths of Midwest respondents with grain dryers use propane to power them. Electric was a distance second, with 16% of respondents. Moreover, half of respondents with non-propane grain dryers have considered using propane grain drying.

  • Survey respondents in both the Midwest and California use several other propane-powered applications for other farm and home applications. Propane was widely used to heat livestock buildings and for flame weeding.

  • Eighty-two percent of hog farmers surveyed who use building heat choose propane. And of the California respondents who flame weed, 83% choose propane for their flame-weeding fuel.

  • Additionally, propane is used for a variety of home applications as 75% of all respondents use propane for some indoor or outdoor applications. The top four propane home applications among respondents were home heating, water heating, outdoor grilling and indoor cooking.

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The survey also found some misperceptions.

Among respondents who’ve considered propane equipment, many named fuel costs and conversion cost as reasons for not using propane.

PERC aims to aid the transition by offering financial incentives of up to $5,000 through the Propane Farm Incentive Program toward the purchase of new propane-powered farm equipment.  

Source: The Propane Education & Research Council, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 

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