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Author Topic: Farmer grows sunflowers to power his farm - he also does the numbers  (Read 2682 times)


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This is cool. A farmer is growing sunflowers to provide fuel oil for his farm.
He found that if he grew an oil crop and sold it, it would take 500 acres to
have enough profit to buy diesel for his farm for a year. On the other hand,
if he uses the oil himself, it takes only 100 acres to provide a years worth
of fuel. He's getting 11,000 gallons of oil out of 100 acres.

He could get even more oil out of the seed harvest, but it would require
the use of chemicals that would prevent him from using the seed meal
for cattle feed.

PS: I found the link at SurvivalBlog


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Re: Farmer grows sunflowers to power his farm - he also does the numbers
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008, 08:57:24 pm »

The Farm Show magazine is a good source for anyone in agriculture who is looking for good ideas. The people submit what they make or do and most of them are glad to share information.

We have been checking out the information about the presses, but they are not currently available in the states.  The Listeroid diesel engine which powers the press is said to be tough as nails.

We have used oil from restaurants in our tractor.
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