PERC Launches New Grain Drying Calculator

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has launched a new Grain Drying Calculator tool that, by utilizing just three simple data points, will help producers determine the number of propane gallons needed each season. The tool will enable users to estimate the amount of propane each operation will require, making it easier to fill tanks early and prepare for supply needs prior to a seasonal increase in demand.

By simply inputting the average expected yield to determine the number of propane gallons needed to dry their crops by a specific moisture percentage, PERC’s tool will calculate approximately how many gallons of propane will be needed.

“With simple inputs, PERC’s new tool provides a quick estimate to put producers in a good position well ahead of harvest season,” said Mike Newland, director of ag business development at PERC. “In the end, producers are ensured they have access to the propane they need while saving money in the process.”

The benefits for producers to use grain dryers powered by propane include: the units provide the power necessary to dry large crop amounts on any schedule, which can curb hidden costs that aren’t normally factored in, such as yield loss; they are 50% more energy efficient than other fuels; and since it burns clean, the dryers are long lasting and help to reduce downtime and maintenance costs.

To use the new Grain Drying Calculator, visit

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SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, May 7, 2020. Subscribers receive all the latest posted and spot prices from major terminals and refineries around the U.S. delivered to inboxes every week. Receive a center spread of posted prices with hundreds of postings updated each week, along with market analysis, insightful commentary, and much more not found elsewhere.