Cost comparison: engines vs. electric motors for irrigation pumping
AuthorsRobert G. Curley
Gerald D. Knutson
Authors AffiliationsR. G. Curley is Extension Agricultural Engineer Emeritus, Agricultural Engineering Department, UC Davis; G. D. Knutson is Associate Development Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Department, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 46(5):24-26. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n05p24. September 1992.
Farmers may save money in the long run by switching from electric to diesel, natural gas, or propane-powered irrigation pumps, but fuel cost trends are hard to predict. A new computer program can help growers compare potential costs of all four irrigation power sources.
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