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Propane For Irrigation Engines

Farmers using propane irrigation engines report savings up to 50 percent compared to diesel engines. For many farms, propane engines provide comparable power to electric with independence from the grid.

Benefits of Propane-Powered Irrigation


Participants in the Propane Education & Research Council's Propane Farm Incentive Program reported increased overall performance by 28 percent.


Compared to diesel engines, propane-powered engines cost 20-40 percent less to purchase and operate, making them an affordable option.

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Propane-powered irrigation engines reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent compared to gasoline engines and 11 percent compared to diesel engines.

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Do propane-powered irrigation engines meet EPA standards?

Propane-fueled irrigation engines meet the EPA’s Clean Air Act Tier 4 emissions standards – all without compromising performance, power, or productivity.

How much propane do irrigation engines consume?

On average, propane-fueled farm technology like irrigation engines consumes 4,000-12,000 gallons per year.

How do propane engines compare to diesel models?

Most farmers save 40 percent or more compared with a diesel-fueled engine doing the same job. Compared with natural gas, a propane-powered engine provides 10 percent more horsepower per unit — that’s more power for your money.

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