Farming is more than just an occupation for many families. Family farms are rich with history, memories and tradition, and many are passed on from generation to generation. In fact, it’s not uncommon for farmers today to cultivate the same land their grandparents toiled on years ago.
But even though the fields may not have changed, the equipment used to farm them has. Learning to operate and care for today’s high-tech machines can be a challenge. Especially when you consider that farm equipment is rarely replaced all at once, but rather in stages as resources allow. This means that at any given time, a farmer’s assortment of equipment may span several decades — each with vastly different maintenance needs.
Caring for a diverse line of equipment requires some effort, but farmers can make it easier on themselves with one simple switch. Ron Jessen, director of refined fuels product management and business development at leading cooperative CHS, recommends filling up with a premium diesel fuel like Cenex® Ruby Fieldmaster®. No matter how old or new a piece of equipment is, using a premium diesel will keep it running its best.
Keeping new equipment running like new
After you’ve invested in new equipment, it's important to do everything you can to protect it. Modern farm rigs are more efficient than ever, but Jessen says this also means they need a high-quality fuel to help avoid maintenance issues.
Compared to older machinery, modern diesel engines run under significantly increased pressure and heat — conditions that can literally cook a standard-grade diesel, according to Jessen. These high-performance engines also have tight tolerances for impurities like dirt and debris.
“Choosing a premium diesel fuel is one of the easiest forms of preventive maintenance for new farm equipment,” Jessen says. “Thanks to its industry-leading, multifunctional additive package, Ruby Fieldmaster can keep new rigs running like new.”
Jessen explains that the Ruby Fieldmaster injection stabilizers help it stand up to even the most intense operating conditions, and its detergent additives keep the entire fuel system virtually free of impurities.
Extending the life of older equipment
But just because a farmer purchases new equipment doesn’t mean they aren’t still relying on older rigs, too. Jessen says that, while Ruby Fieldmaster is advanced enough for today’s high-tech engines, it’s also fully equipped to meet the needs of older machinery.
“For as long as your rigs have been around, Cenex has led the industry in premium diesel fuel,” Jessen says. “And since the beginning, we’ve studied the equipment farmers use to develop our propriety diesel blend. The result is a diverse fuel engineered to meet the needs of a wide array of machinery.”
Updating machinery is an important — and significant — investment. Still, it can temporarily tighten a farmer’s funds. For any farmer who is considering purchasing new equipment, it’s especially critical to maintain older equipment. Having confidence in your current machinery is critical for peace of mind.
Jessen says Ruby Fieldmaster is fully backwards compatible with earlier equipment models. Fuel additives such as cetane and lubricity improvers help reduce strain on engines, allowing farmers to extend the life of older rigs to their maximum potential.
Carrying on the tradition
For more than 50 years, Cenex has helped farmers carry on their tradition by equipping them with time-tested premium diesel fuels. Whatever combination of old and new equipment farmers are running, Ruby Fieldmaster can help keep them running for years to come. To learn more, contact your local CHS cooperative.