Publication Offers Solution to Improve Tractor Efficiency and Cut Fuel Cost

Resource encourages efficient tractor use

tractor in fieldAMES, Iowa — A new publication, Farm Energy: Case Studies – Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings (PM 3063D), is now available for download in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. This publication is part of the Farm Energy: Case Study series and outlines ways for farmers and ranchers to improve their tractor energy efficiency and save on fuel costs throughout the year.

“Diesel fuel is the largest direct energy cost for Iowa farmers and directly impacts profitability. Small changes in tractor management style can save several thousand dollars per year on many row crop farms without affecting field operations,” said Mark Hanna, agricultural biosystems engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

This publication provides suggestions to reduce fuel costs such as shifting up to a higher gear and reducing engine speed, adjusting tillage depth, decreasing travel speeds, correct tire inflation, dual vs. single tires and mechanical front-wheel drive recommendations.

The Farm Energy publications are part of a series of farm energy efficiency resources developed by the ISU Farm Energy team. This outreach effort aims to help farmers and utility providers to improve on-farm energy management and to increase profitability in a rapidly changing energy environment. Follow the team on Twitter @ISU_Farm_Energy.

To find this publication and others, go to the Iowa State University Extension Store,


Photo courtesy Dana Schweitzer