Farm Energy Publications

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Lighting & Heating

NEW! Case Study: Adding solar electrical generation to a farm with grain drying and electrical heating
Indoor Lighting for Livestock, Poultry and Farm Shop Facilities
Energy Fundamentals for Farm Lighting
Conserve Heat Energy in the Farm Shop

Farm Equipment

Case Study: Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings
Case Study: Tractor Fuel Consumption at Armstrong
Case Study: Tractor Fuel Consumption at Nashua
Fuel Efficiency Factors for Tractor Selection
Shift Up and Throttle Back to Save Tractor Fuel
Tractor Maintenance to Conserve Energy
Ballasting Tractors for Fuel Efficiency

Grain Drying

Case Study: Energy consumption during grain drying
Improving Corn Drying Efficiency
Energy Considerations for Low-temperature Grain Drying
Dryeration and Combination Drying for Increased Capacity and Efficiency
Managing High Temperature Grain Dryers for Energy Efficiency

Field Crops

Energy Consumption for Row Crop Production
Limiting Field Operations
Energy Conservation in Corn Nitrogen Fertilization

Energy Consumption

Estimating Payback for Energy Efficiency
How Much Energy Is Being Used on Your Farm?
Electric Savings: Understanding Demand and 3-phase Motor Use
Tracking the Energy Use on Your Farm + Farm Energy Log


NEW! Case Study: Benchmarking energy usage for swine producers
Managing Swine Ventilation Controller Settings to Save Energy
Energy Efficient Fans for Swine Production
Conserving Energy by Using Localized Heating in Swine Housing
Sizing Minimum Ventilation to Save Heating Energy in Swine Housing


Energy Efficient Fans for Poultry Production


Energy Efficiency for Dairy Milking Equipment