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Greenhouse Efficiency and Conservation Case Studies

Farm Energy Updated: March 17, 2016

Case studies of greenhouse growers and other farmers using alternative energy for heating in greenhouses and running equipment have been posted by UVM...

Introduction to Greenhouse Efficiency and Energy Conservation

Farm Energy Updated: March 17, 2016

Greenhouses do their job most successfully using designs and siting for energy efficiency and maximum light transmission. Greenhouses must optimize crop...

Mechanical Extraction Processing Technology for Biodiesel

Farm Energy Updated: December 11, 2015

Oil separation, the extraction of oil from seeds or plant parts, is accomplished by mechanical pressing, sometimes followed by chemical extraction....

Ventilation and Cooling Systems for Animal Housing

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Livestock production is significantly influenced by animal health and comfort. Ventilation of animal housing to remove moisture and odors and replacing them...

Introduction to Energy Efficient Irrigation

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Irrigation is Nevada. Photo: US EPA and National Archive and Record Administration; Wikimedia Commons.Learn how efficient irrigation technologies and...

Farm Energy Efficiency Checklist and Tips

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Efficient use of energy becomes increasingly important with rising energy costs. Energy efficiency is determined by comparing what is actually produced or...

Combat Higher Fuel Prices with Efficient Heating Systems

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Heating fuel prices have been volatile over the past few years. How high they may go in the future will depend on many factors including the world fuel...

Horizontal Air Flow is Best for Greenhouse Air Circulation

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Before Horizontal Air Flow (HAF) systems were developed, it was common to find 10°F to 15°F difference in nighttime temperature between the opposite ends of...

Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Livestock Production

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Many energy conservation and efficiency strategies can be applied to dairy, livestock and poultry production to save money and reduce fuel consumption. These...

Optimizing Field Efficiency to Save Fuel

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

Field efficiency means completing a particular field operation while wasting the least amount of time, fuel, and farm resources. The term refers to the time...

Fuels and Alternate Heat Sources for Commercial Greenhouses

Farm Energy Updated: October 20, 2015

Which fuel is best for heating a greenhouse? The right answer depends on price, convenience, and availability. Some fuels have more "heat per dollar" and...

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: June 18, 2014

The crop competes poorly with weeds, especially during early growth; timely use of herbicides is critical. Safflower is susceptible to many of the same...

Insulation Know-How

Farm Energy Updated: September 26, 2013

With volatile energy costs, a good return on investment may be obtained by adding insulation to homes, offices, farm shops and other heated buildings such as...

Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation on the Farm

Farm Energy Updated: August 01, 2013

Energy efficiency and conservation are integral to sustainable agriculture. Efficiency means increasing the work or yield per unit of energy; conservation...

Introduction to Farm Equipment Energy Efficiency

Farm Energy Updated: February 06, 2013

 Photo: Jason Johnson, NRCS.Farms have lots of equipment, and most of it uses energy. In some cases, increasing the efficiency of a single piece of equipment...

Introduction to Farm Building Energy and Conservation

Farm Energy Updated: February 06, 2013

Agricultural buildings are very important to the successful operation of farms and ranches, and they deserve careful attention when it comes to managing...

Step Controllers Optimize Greenhouse Energy Use

Farm Energy Updated: March 27, 2012

A step controller is an advanced electronic device that controls conditions in a greenhouse better than a mechanical thermostat and can save money in the...

Selecting Engine and Travel Speeds for Optimal Fuel Efficiency

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

The speed at which tractor engines are operated, travel speed in the field, and the load tractors pull all have a major influence on the fuel efficiency of...

Match Implement Size to Tractor to Save Fuel

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

 Matching tractors and implements of appropriate size is a major management decision facing many farmers and ranchers. Proper sizing will minimize time and...

Energy-Efficient Use of Fertilizer and Other Nutrients in Agriculture

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

An important way farmers can conserve energy is making efficient use of fertilizers and other nutrient sources. This article will introduce farmers to the...

Wood Heat for Greenhouses

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

 Wood is an attractive alternative fuel for greenhouse heating – it is renewable, locally produced, and usually less expensive than other fuels. While wood...

Shell Corn as a Fuel for Greenhouse Heat

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Corn has joined the list of popular alternatives to fossil fuels. Its high heat value, ease of handling, and ready availability in some sections of the...

Selecting and Maintaining Greenhouse Thermostats

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

How would you like to reduce your annual energy costs $100 to $200 for a simple 15-minute maintenance procedure in your greenhouse? This is the potential...

Root Zone Heating Systems for Greenhouses

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Root zone heating is an effective option for greenhouses that provides heat directly to the growing media rather than heating the air of the greenhouse. This...

Reducing Tillage to Save Fuel

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Tillage operations are generally conducted to prepare a seedbed, incorporate fertilizers, and cultivate for weed control. The number of trips required to...

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