Harvest time is upon us, as independent businessman in the Agricultural industry there are so many things to worry about during harvest season.
Do I have enough employees? Do I have enough equipment? Will I have any breakdowns? Will I get a good price for my corn/beans?
One worry that may sometimes not be on the forefront is fuel supply. Do I have enough fuel on the farm to get through the next few days… or the week? Typical rule of thumb for tank capacity on the farm is: have enough fuel to last four days during peak usage.
For instance, you use an average of 12,000 gallons of off road diesel fuel during harvest. Your average harvest lasts three weeks, you should have at least 2,000-2,500 gallons of off road diesel fuel storage on the farm.
12,000 gallons (divided by) 21 days = 571 gallons per day
571 gallons (x) 4 days = 2284 total capacity
Understandably, this is not always an easy or financially feasible task. Though we would always like to see someone increase their total storage on the farm for many reasons, we too understand this can’t always happen. What we do ask though, is that you communicate with us before, during and when you are finished combining, chopping, hauling manure, etc. It is as simple as a phone call to your local energy rep. Please just give us a few days notice when you are going to start your peak usage and then let us know when you have finished. This gives our delivery drivers some time to prepare and set up a game plan to keep you full. We will also be touching base during peak usage, just to see if any adjustments need to be made. I really believe that with proper communication, your fuel supply should not be a worry!
*Quick note* if you are wondering about the benefits of adding fuel storage capacity on the farm, please call one of our Energy Reps and we would be happy to meet with you and go over the financial benefits involved in increasing your storage!