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Energy Use and Efficiency in Pest Control, Including Pesticide Production, Use, and Management Options

Farm Energy Updated: April 07, 2016

Up until the last half century, agricultural producers used a variety of cultural and biological controls in an attempt to manage crop pests. The use of...

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...

Castor Bean for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 28, 2014

Castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) has been used for many years as an industrial oilseed crop because of its high seed oil content ( ~50%), unique fatty acid...

Feedstocks for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 12, 2014

Interested in feedstock crops for biofuel energy production, but don’t know where to start? Learn about harvesting energy from sugar, starch, fiber,...

Subtropical Crops for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: January 31, 2014

Several perennial grass species, such as energycane  are being assessed for their biomass energy potential. Numerous subtropical and tropical perennial...

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...

Ballasting Tractors for Optimal Fuel Efficiency

Farm Energy Updated: April 05, 2012

Tractor ballasting influences the efficiency and energy use of tractor operation. Ballasting determines the amount of slip in any given field condition,...

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...

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...

Optimize Wheel Slip to Save Fuel

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

 Tire slip occurs when the tires are turning faster than the ground speed of the tractor. As a result, less than 60% to 70% of the power that a tractor...

Machinery Maintenance for Energy Efficiency

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

The operating condition of tractors and other farm machinery can affect the fuel efficiency of those machines; therefore, maintenance is crucial for energy...

Introduction to Energy-Efficient Tractor and Field Operations

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Tractors and related field equipment can use a lot of energy on the farm, so it makes sense to take practical steps to optimize their efficiency. These...

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