Farm Energy Calculator

  • 46 pages

  • Published: 30 Nov 2010

  • Author(s): Salam, M U. , Riethmuller, G. P. , Maling, T. , Short, N. , Bowling, J. , Fisher, J.S

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This RIRDC report presents a tool, the “Farm energy (fuel) calculator”, which is an easy-to-use spread sheet based estimator of fuel consumption specific to farms.  It allows the user to compare fuel use under various farm management options (e.g., tillage, sowing, hay production, harvesting, transportation, etc.), soil types, crops and paddocks for the crop and livestock components of the farm. 
With rising pressure on farm profitability due to increasing fuel and other input costs, the calculator provides farmers and advisors with important, quantitative information on fuel use by the farm business to assist with decision-making.