New research by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) shows that farmers who switched to new propane irrigation engines reduced fuel consumption per hour by 43 percent and lowered overall fuel costs per hour by 75 percent.

Producers can apply for incentives to purchase new propane irrigation engines through the PERC Farm Incentive Program.

The PERC research initiative offers $400 per liter of engine displacement on new propane-fueled irrigation engines, up to $5,000. The Nebraska Propane Gas Association (NPGA) offers an additional $750 incentive to Nebraska farmers purchasing a new propane-fueled engine.

“Propane is an American fuel that is very price competitive with gasoline and diesel,” said Mark Leitman, director of business development and marketing at PERC. “We’ve awarded nearly $400,000 in incentives toward fuel-efficient propane engines through the Propane Farm Incentive Program since January, and now is the right time for producers to make the switch to a propane engine that can save real money and get the job done.”

Irrigation engines often talked about are the Origin 8.0-liter engine, a Power Systems Integration 8.8-liter model and a Ford Power Products’ EPA-certified 6.8-liter model. 

Nearly 40 percent of farms in the U.S. use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops. Propane costs less per gallon than conventional fuels, and America, a net exporter of propane, makes more than enough propane to meet demand, according to PERC. 

For more about the Propane Farm Incentive Program and a list of eligible equipment, visit agpropane.com.