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PERC offers $5,000 incentives on new dryers

David Ekstrom 06/26/2013 @ 4:09pm

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is now encouraging producers to upgrade their grain dryers with a $5,000 incentive from the Propane Farm Incentive Program. Producers who purchase a qualifying propane-fueled dryer from the GSI Group or Mathews Co. between now and the end of 2013 can apply for PERC’s incentive program.

Farmers have encountered many problems with the weather this year with the cool, wet, and rainy conditions, which have led to planting delays that lead to grain drying in the fall. To save energy, the new dryers from GSI and Mathews offer designs that produce even, consistent drying that can save money. Grain drying, especially with new high-efficiency equipment, is a profitable investment for producers, according to Mark Leitman, director of marketing and business development at PERC. “New propane-fueled grain dryers can be 30% to 50% more efficient than older models,” Leitman says. “These machines can produce huge energy savings for farmers, and we offer a $5,000 incentive on select new models.”

The dryers offered in the incentive program are the GSI X-Stream Series and Mathews Trilogy Series dryers. Due to the dryers' increased capacity, improved grain quality, and the fact that they can dry up to twice as many bushels per gallon of propane as older models, PERC cosupported the development and testing. According to a study conducted by Purdue University and funded by PERC, the GSI X-Stream dryer’s fan configuration on opposite ends of the unit alternates the direction of airflow, making it 10% more efficient. The X-Stream’s optional patented grain inverters also eliminate overdrying inside the column and reduce energy consumption by an additional 15%.

“Late planting this season means farmers are taking a look at preventive measures to protect their crops. Today’s more energy-efficient dryers, like our X-Stream technology, make drying more affordable,” says Gary Woodruff, technology manager at GSI Group.

The Mathews Trilogy Series grain dryers operate in three modes: pressure heat and pressure cool, full heat, or pressure heat and vacuum cool. Drying adjustments based on type of grain along with moisture level and energy efficiency can be modified via the systems’ touchscreen controls. The compact, horizontal design allows farmers to store the unit in any location away from crucial gas lines.

“The main benefit of this dryer is its flexibility,” says Kevin Ryan, quality services manager at Mathews Co. “It gives farmers options for adjusting settings based on temperature and grain type and also produces real energy savings with propane. The ability to set the unit for maximum energy efficiency can really impact the bottom line.”

The $5,000 incentive on propane-fueled grain dryers is now available to qualified applicants on select models through 2013. Visit agpropane.com/incentive to submit an application for the Propane Farm Incentive Program, or visit dealers nationwide.

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