California farmers face a historic challenge in 2014. Our drought has created conditions that threaten the water supplies that irrigate a wide variety of crops from the Sacramento Valley all the way down to the San Diego border. Adding to that crisis, California farmers will be required in the next few years to retire their old diesel irrigation engines in order to comply with stricter air quality regulations mandated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
This is bad timing. Water is scarce which means it's also expensive. Buying new irrigation engines only makes the economics of farming in California more difficult. It's an equation that will lead to higher prices at the grocery store in the very near future.
There is good news and it comes with an ironic twist. Propane-fueled irrigation engines are now available in California and they not only satisfy the new air quality regulations, they offer tremendous fuel savings vs. the cost of diesel fuel. For California farmers who grow everything from almonds to zucchini, the lower emissions and fuel bills could not come at a better time.
The irony is that farmers are famous for keeping their success stories under the radar. We're working with growers who report nothing but total satisfaction from their new LP irrigation engines but they are quite secretive about the whole story.
You read it here - the drought is very bad. Diesel engine emissions are very bad. Farmers using new propane irrigation engines are secretly happy. Pass it on!