By Mark Hanna
A new publication, Farm Energy: Case Studies – Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings (PM 3063D), is now available for download in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. This publication is part of the Farm Energy: Case Study series and outlines ways for farmers and ranchers to improve their tractor energy efficiency and save on fuel costs throughout the year.
“Diesel fuel is the largest direct energy cost for Iowa farmers and directly impacts profitability. Small changes in tractor management style can save several thousand dollars per year on many row crop farms without affecting field operations,” said Mark Hanna, agricultural biosystems engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
This publication provides suggestions to reduce fuel costs such as shifting up to a higher gear and reducing engine speed, adjusting tillage depth, decreasing travel speeds, correct tire inflation, dual vs. single tires and mechanical front-wheel drive recommendations.