Uses of Propane on the Farm

Written on: March 6, 2023

Propane offers energy efficiency, security, and more!

agricultural propane wisconsin Agriculture is an essential business in much of the Lakes Gas service area.

Wisconsin leads the nation for snap beans for processing, cheese, cranberries, ginseng, mink pelts, dry whey for humans, milk goats, and corn for silage.

Minnesota, where 96% of the farms are family-owned, is the top state in the U.S. for sugar beets, turkeys, sweet corn for processing, and green peas for processing. It also is one of the country’s top producers of spring wheat, canola, oats, and cultivated wild rice.

Many farmers like you are discovering the advantages of working with Lakes Gas, as provide customized services and solutions for the farmers we serve.

Propane’s versatility, energy efficiency, and security help Upper Midwest farmers like yourself improve productivity and efficiency while reducing your environmental impact.

Read on to learn more about how propane can benefit your farm.

How can propane be used in agriculture?

Heating and water heating. Farm owners have many outbuildings that require efficient energy sources to run, such as barns, poultry houses, hog houses, dairy houses, and greenhouses. Propane is the best option since it provides reliable heating and water in all areas of a farm with remarkable efficiency.

Generators. A long-term power disruption can be devastating for a farm. Thankfully, propane standby generators are able to kick into action when the power goes out, keeping lighting and heating systems operating seamlessly so livestock remain safe. Meanwhile, greenhouses have access to the necessary light and energy needed in order to safeguard all plants and seedlings within.

Equipment and vehicles. Propane is rapidly replacing diesel and gasoline as the preferred fuel for agricultural machinery. From emissions-free irrigation equipment to propane forklifts to propane autogas-fueled vehicles, this clean burning energy source can now be found tackling a variety of jobs on farms large and small – from hauling bales of hay to transferring bags of feed in outbuildings or barns.

Weed control. If left unchecked, invasive weeds can lead to an immense loss in crop yield. But using chemical herbicides is not a viable solution as it poses a danger to your health and the environment while additionally putting everyone you employ at risk.

The usage of herbicides not only involves expensive chemicals, but also requires a significant amount of time to pass before you and your workers can return to the fields.

Propane-powered flame weed control provides a highly efficient solution to quickly remove weeds while avoiding exposure to hazardous chemicals that could seep into your soil or groundwater.

Crop drying. Propane-powered crop dryers are now more fuel-efficient than ever, saving you money on propane costs while being eco-friendly. Utilizing propane to dry crops yields more BTUs, rendering the drying process much quicker and more efficient.

On-site propane crop drying will not only guarantee a greater yield and lessen the potential of loss, but it is also more cost effective. Why pay someone else to do what you can accomplish yourself? With on-site propane crop drying, you save money while obtaining stellar results.

Partner with Lakes Gas for your farm’s propane needs. Contact us today to set up a consultation.