Dana Schweitzer
Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative

515-294-5233
petersen@iastate.edu

Articles by this author:

Tractor fuel expenses can add up quickly during fall and spring field work. Results of a tractor fuel case study measuring fuel consumption for field work including disking, plowing and planting now are available.

The expenses for tractor fuel can add up quickly during spring field work. According to a study conducted at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua a twenty percent or more fuel savings can be achieved by the ‘shift up, throttle back’ technique.

Iowa State University's Jay Harmon offers pork producers some tips for conserving propane this winter.

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development will host the 19th annual Crops Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm in Lewis, Iowa.

The Iowa State University Farm Energy project will air its annual Farm Energy Webinar on June 25, from 10-11 a.m.

Managing and maintaining dairy equipment to improve energy efficiency is challenging, especially cooling milk throughout the hot summer months. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains three key factors for reducing energy consumption on Midwestern dairies.

Each year, approximately three-fourths of Iowa’s farmland is planted with corn or soybeans. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach shows the proportions of energy used to grow a typical corn or soybean crop in Iowa.

Managing swine farrowing facilities to maintain a thermally comfortable environment for both sows and piglets is challenging. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains how using localized heating to create a microclimate for piglets can reduce mortality rates and overall energy consumption.

Proper management of low-temperature grain drying equipment can reduce the energy consumed on the farm during and after corn harvest. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains the management techniques and equipment needs for low-temperature grain drying.

Proper management of furnace and ventilation controller settings in hog buildings can reduce propane and electricity costs. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach illustrates the impact controller settings can have on furnace run time and energy consumption in swine production facilities.