Converting Budget Energy Numbers
September 19, 2008
If your energy source is different from that used in the 2009 crop budgets, Extension Irrigation Engineer Derrel Martin has prepared a table to convert from diesel to other energy sources.
For example, to convert diesel in gallons to kilowatt-hours electricity, the multiplier is 14.12. If electricity is $0.072 kilowatt, the calculation would be 14.12 x 0.072 = $1.02. The 2009 crop budgets featured in this and the Sept. 12 issue of CropWatch use $4/gallon diesel, but if you use electricity, the cost would be about 25% of that cost.
With electricity also consider that there are connect charges and that to get the best rates, you'll need to sign up for load management.
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
West Central REC, North Platte