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Agricultural Applications of Propane: Grain Drying

The agricultural applications of propane are numerous. The Propane Education & Research Council points out that propane is used on 865,000 U.S. farms for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, standby generators, and other farm equipment.  In our Agricultural Applications of Propane series, we will take a look at the role of propane in the following: tobacco curing, grain drying, fruit drying and crop drying. Today, let’s look into how propane factors into grain drying.

Grain drying is now an integral part of the farming operation, and propane is most often used to fuel heated-air drying systems because it is portable, can be easily stored, and is readily accessible in rural areas where natural gas is unavailable. And unlike fuel oil or kerosene, propane will not leak and contaminate the grain.

Propane-fueled grain dryers are capable of drying virtually any type of grain. They are available as either batch dryers (where grain is dried in batches ranging from 80 to 1,000 bushel) or continuous flow dryers (wet grain is fed into the dryer in a steady stream). The average fuel consumption of heated-air corn dryers is about 0.02 gallons of propane per bushel per percentage point of moisture removed.

Propane grain dryers now come with many sophisticated features:

  • Full range of temperature settings for different grain types
  • Fully-automated filling, unloading, and shut-off capabilities
  • Quick and easy full length clean-out doors to facilitate grain changing without contamination
  • Control panel to indicate operating status of equipment as well as sources of problems in event of shut-down
  • Long life and very low maintenance

To learn more about the agricultural applications of propane, contact your local Account Manager today.

Related Series Articles:
Agricultural Applications of Propane: Tobacco Curing
Agricultural Applications of Propane: Fruit Drying (coming soon!)
Agricultural Applications of Propane: Crop Drying (coming soon!)

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I own a coin laundry in S Fla an we use tons of propane with our dryers an the gas bills are horrendous Do I qualify for the 50 cent per gallon tac credit? On our last bill I would have saved $73 Pls advise Carole Matthews larcr@msn.com an Amerigas commercial gas uss for many yrs pls advise

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