Propane-Powered Tips For Harvest 2019
Harvest is a critical time for any producer. This year, due to unprecedented conditions, staying ahead of every setback is even more important. For propane-powered farmers, filling tanks early is an easy way to avoid any delays down the road. Beyond that, the tips below offer additional ideas for getting more from every acre in this challenging time.
1. FILL GRAIN DRYER PROPANE TANKS EARLY
With wet crops to manage, your grain dryers will be working hard this year. Securing plenty of fuel early is one of the easiest ways to ensure a smooth harvest without unexpected delays.
2. GIVE GRAIN DRYERS A CLEAN-UP AND CHECK-UP
Cleaning your grain dryer is one of the most important steps to prevent contamination. While you’re at it, inspect all wiring, contacts, switch controls and breakers to uncover any electrical problems that could delay drying.
3. MAKE STORAGE BINS PEST-PROOF
Clean storage areas prevent pest contamination of harvest grain. So remove last year’s grain and any other debris from each bin.
4. ENSURE EQUIPMENT IS TUNED UP
Having combines, grain carts, tractors, and trucks serviced before harvest will help you avoid any delays due to breakdowns. Order any parts you might need during harvest in advance, so you’re not waiting for an order to arrive.
5. PICK YOUR PRIORITIES
With your planting schedule and crop moisture levels in mind, set a schedule of which fields to harvest first. If fields have low spots or areas that are wet, make sure you harvest them before the chance of rain or snow.