Person: Jan Libbey and Tim Landgraf

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In a Nutshell
• Fifteen farms participated in fruit and
vegetable production recordkeeping
to date.
• The purpose of the project was to
create Iowa-specific production
histories for:
• producers to have baseline
comparisons,
• the advancement of crop
insurance options,
• and to provide information about
typical Iowa production for
lenders.
• Actual yields exceeded FSA-NAP
yield estimates for most crop
categories.

May 10, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

Energy markets are unstable and energy purchases can make up a large
portion of farm expenditures.
• The energy sources that power the
majority of farm operations are based
on fossil fuels and are some of the
primary emitters of greenhouse gases.
• Practical Farmers members tracked
energy expenditures in order to
establish an energy baseline and
pinpoint “energy hogs.”
Key Findings
• For vegetable farms, electricity to
power cold storage and gasoline for
product transportation are areas of
intensive energy use.
• For crop and livestock farms, diesel
for field operations and LP for grain
drying are areas of intensive energy
use.
• Detailed records are necessary to
establish a solid energy baseline,
enabling farmers to implement energy
conservation measures and/or
alternative energy technologies.

March 1, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT