With harvest on the horizon, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) encourages producers to upgrade grain dryers with a $5,000 incentive through the Propane Farm Incentive Program.
Producers who purchase a new qualifying propane-fueled dryer from GSI Group or Mathews Co. now through the end of 2013 can apply for the incentive through PERC’s nationwide research program. In exchange, producers report post-harvest performance data to PERC.
Farmers can apply for the Propane Farm Incentive Program by visiting dealers nationwide or submitting an easy online application at www.agpropane.com/incentive.
Many farmers have faced cool, wet, rainy conditions that create planting delays and can lead to more grain drying in the fall. Nearly nine out of 10 farmers dry grain using propane-fueled equipment.
Grain drying, especially with new high-efficient equipment, is a profitable investment for producers, according to Mark Leitman, PERC director of marketing and business development.
"New propane-fueled grain dryers can be 30% to 50% more efficient than older models," Leitman explains.
Gary Woodruff, technology manager at GSI Group, says producers are changing their mindset when it comes to early harvest and drying costs.
"Late planting means farmers are taking a look at preventive measures to protect their crops," Woodruff says.