Australian farms function in a highly competitive environment, and as production systems intensify and use more developed equipment, their dependence on fuel increases. The ability of farms to remain competitive is heavily dependent on energy, including fuel.
The trend of increasing fuel costs and their impact on production and profitability are becoming increasingly important issues. According to research by the Australian Farm Institute, diesel cost the entire agricultural industry $1.11 billion in 2018, a figure which increased from $863 million the previous year.
Cutting Fuel Costs Does Not Mean Efficient Use
With diesel prices increasing, how can you protect your farm from rising costs and remain competitive in the industry? A simple way is by cutting down on fuel costs.
When you think of reducing fuel costs, it is tempting to buy cheaper fuel. However, this could be a false economy, as cheaper fuel damages machinery and generates greater costs in the long run.
A more effective method of cutting down fuel costs is by improving fuel efficiency, or the total amount of fuel used on the farm compared to the amount of production. If you can reduce energy consumption while maintaining or increasing your level of production, you have a better chance of improving profitability on your farm.
Improving Fuel Efficiency in the Farm
Saving fuel starts with proper storage. Invest in impact resistant poly fuel tanks to minimise the incidents of leaks, cracks or anything that could compromise or waste fuel. Maintaining a high level of machine performance goes some way to being more fuel efficient. Conduct regular maintenance to ensure that the machine is in good working order. Ballast the vehicle so that it has proper traction on the ground.
Streamlining processes minimises the trips you’ll be making around the property, saving fuel. Look at the layout of your farm and identify the flow of each process, from planting and harvesting to transport to the market. There might be steps in different processes that you can consolidate to a single trip.
Everyone on the farm should also be on board when it comes to improving fuel efficiency. Gather your staff and discuss what changes you can make so that fuel is saved. Give them regular reminders to be mindful of how they use fuel.
Cutting fuel costs remains a priority among farming businesses in Australia. Understanding fuel efficiency and taking proactive steps to make improvements help your farm become competitive despite increasing fuel prices.
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