The Propane Education & Research Council has launched a new Grain Drying Calculator to help farmers determine the number of propane gallons needed each season using just three simple data points. The tool helps users estimate the amount of propane each operation will require, making it easier to fill tanks early and prepare for supply needs before an increase in demand.
Users of the calculator only need to input their average expected yield to determine the number of propane gallons needed to dry their crops by a specific moisture percentage. From there, PERC’s tool will calculate approximately how many gallons of propane will be needed.
Line up supply to meet needs
“With simple input of the producer’s information, our new tool provides a quick estimate to put crop producers in a good position well ahead of the harvest and grain drying season,” says Mike Newland, director of ag business development at PERC. “In the end, producers are ensured they have access to the propane they need while saving money in the process.”
There are many benefits for using grain dryers powered by propane, he says. “These units provide the power necessary to dry large crop amounts on any schedule, which can curb hidden costs that aren’t normally factored in, such as yield loss. Plus, propane grain dryers are 50% more energy efficient than other fuels, and because it burns clean, the dryers are long-lasting and help to reduce downtime and maintenance costs.”