Content tagged "ag energy farm equipment efficiency"

Energy Efficiency in Field Crop Production

Farm Energy Updated: February 03, 2016

This curriculum module on Energy Efficiency in Field Crop Production examines four major areas where analysis and management of energy inputs in field crop...

Energy Efficiency for Direct Market Farms

Farm Energy Updated: February 03, 2016

 This curriculum module on Energy Efficiency for Direct Market Farms the fundamentals of energy systems.  Topics include basic thermodynamics, heat transfer,...

Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency

Farm Energy Updated: February 03, 2016

This curriculum module on Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency covers....Link to all of the Northeast Farm Energy IQ Curriculum, developed by Extension specialists...

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...

Gear Up and Throttle Back to Save Fuel

Farm Energy Updated: November 17, 2015

"Gear up and throttle back" is a fuel-saving practice suitable for light drawbar loads (less than 65% of full power) when reduced PTO speed is not a problem....

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,...

Using Tractor Test Data for Selecting Farm Tractors

Farm Energy Updated: April 05, 2012

The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory (NTTL) at the University of Nebraska is the official tractor testing station for the Organization for Economic...

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...

Tractor and Field Operations Energy Efficiency Checklist and Tips

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

 Tractor and Field Operations is part of a series of Efficiency Checklists and Topics that can help you to assess all areas of your farming operation for...

Refrigeration Systems for Milk Cooling

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Milk must be cooled from 98 degrees F. (37 degrees C.) to storage temperature, typically about 38 degrees F., to preserve its quality. The cooling process...

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...

Grain Drying Energy Efficiency Checklist and Tips

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Grain Drying is part of a series of Efficiency Checklists and Topics that can help you to assess all areas of your farming operation for energy efficiency...

Farm Lighting Energy Efficiency Checklist and Tips

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Farm Lighting is part of a series of Efficiency Checklists and Topics that can help you to assess all areas of your farming operation for energy efficiency...

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration for Farms

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

Agricultural producers use a variety of refrigeration systems to extend the shelf life of perishable materials. Cooling not only reduces the potential for...

Energy-Efficient Hot Water for Farms

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

 Agricultural producers use heated water for a variety of jobs, including general cleaning of structures, equipment, livestock, poultry, fruit, and...

Energy Efficiency of Electric Motors on the Farm

Farm Energy Updated: March 23, 2012

The efficiency of a motor depends on how well it converts electrical power into work. Efficient electric motors have good starting and running performance,...

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