Your Guide to a Successful Harvest
Published Thursday 6 July, 2023
The harvest season is fast approaching. As one of the busiest times of the year for farms, efficiency and productivity can make all the difference. While numerous factors contribute to a successful harvest, the prudent management of fuel usage during this period plays a pivotal role.
By adopting fuel-efficient practices and considering various aspects related to fuel, you can enhance productivity, reduce costs, and minimise environmental impact. In this guide, we’ll talk you through the key areas that’ll allow you to optimise fuel usage for a successful harvest season this year.
Plan Ahead: Get Your Fuel Ready
To prepare for a possible fuel usage spike during harvest, make sure your tank is full of fuel and the right additives are in stock before the busy season begins.
At WP Group, we offer both standard and next day delivery, which means that we can cater to your fuel management requirements, whether it’s just a regular order or an emergency delivery.
Check and Adjust Your Machine Tyre Pressure
A primary factor influencing your fuel consumption is tyre pressure, which should be adjusted accordingly depending on the type of ground cover on your farm.
Having an over-inflated tyre leads to increased slip, requiring additional engine power to compensate for the reduced traction and enhance the transfer of tractive force to the ground. Whereas on road, an under-inflated tyre results in a larger contact area with the tarmac, generating significant resistance that requires additional engine power, resulting in more fuel consumption.
Minimise Idle Time
Minimising your idle time can yield significant fuel savings. By turning off your engines during extended breaks or when equipment is not in use is recommended, as this can be a major source of fuel waste, so it’s important to cultivate a culture of fuel-consciousness on your farm.
Monitor Fuel Consumption Closely
As you know harvesting involves intensive use of farm equipment and a significant consumption of fuel. To manage costs effectively, why not try keeping track of fuel usage for different tasks and machinery. Any unusual patterns or spikes identified could indicate maintenance issues or inefficiencies that can be addressed in time. Consider the use of a smart monitoring Telemetry device which can be used to check fuel levels. Automatic top-ups can also be arranged to ensure you keep your business going with peace of mind as you’re guaranteed fuel on a regular basis, relieving the hassle of manually ordering.
Handle and Store Fuels Securely
Proper fuel storage and handling practices are crucial for maintaining fuel quality and safety during the busy season. Store fuel in appropriate containers or tanks, ensuring they are clean, free from leaks, and protected from extreme temperatures. Implement safety measures to prevent accidents and ensure you’re compliant with fuel storage regulations.
To learn more about the signs of fuel contamination and solutions, read our blog.
Thinking your fuel infrastructure might need some services? Talk to our Fuel Technician today.
Consider Alternative Fuels
Exploring alternative fuel options can be both environmentally and economically beneficial. Biofuels, such as HVO, offer renewable alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. Assess the feasibility and availability of alternative fuels in your area, considering compatibility with farm equipment and potential cost savings in the long term.
Optimise Fuel Usage After the Season
Make sure your fuels are topped up even during winter months. . Keep your tank at least half full in the winter to avoid major damage.
A successful harvest season on the farm goes hand in hand with prudent fuel management. By following the tips mentioned above and considering various aspects related to fuel usage and storage, you can achieve maximum productivity with minimum costs, and reduce your environmental footprint. Embracing fuel-efficient practices, adopting precision farming technologies, and staying informed about advancements in the field will pave the way for a successful harvest season and a sustainable farming future.
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