With harvest season approaching, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is encouraging producers to upgrade their grain dryers by offering a $5,000 incentive through the Propane Farm Incentive Program.

Producers who purchase a new qualifying propane-fueled dryer from GSI Group or Mathews Co. now through the end of 2013 can apply for the incentive through PERC’s nationwide research program. In exchange, producers report post-harvest performance data to PERC. Farmers can apply by visiting dealers or submitting an online application at agpropane.com/incentive.

Late planting this year and cool, wet conditions could lead to more grain drying this fall. New dryers from GSI and Mathews offer energy efficient designs that can help farmers save money.

“New propane-fueled grain dryers can be 30 to 50% more efficient than older models,” says Mark Leitman, director of marketing at PERC. “These machines can produce huge energy savings for farmers, and we offer a $5,000 incentive on select new models.” 

The models eligible for the incentive include the GSI X-Stream series and Mathews Trilogy series dryers. PERC co-supported the development and testing of these machines.

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

The $5,000 incentive on propane-fueled grain dryers is available to qualified applicants on select models through 2013. The PERC program has already awarded more than $200,000 in incentives for irrigation engines.

For more information or to see a list of eligible equipment, please visit agpropane.com.

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