What’s a sensible % to start cutting spring beans? Have underfloor drying but no experience of growing beans.
Fair comment. A bigger store surplus means more projects/refurbs and/or a bigger rebate to members. I’ll bet that your drier fuel bill is a lot less than last year, so far.It was discussed.
We try to keep our charges as stable as possible year on year, to help reduce volatility for our members. Some years this means taking a hit, some years it means building a surplus.
Kerosene price much kinder, but still getting through a serious volume weekly when we use a thousand litres an hour at peak times.I’ll bet that your drier fuel bill is a lot less than last year, so far.
One of our upgrades is moving onto mains gas for drying, which will come online in May/June, paid for without going back to members for money.Fair comment. A bigger store surplus means more projects/refurbs and/or a bigger rebate to members.
You must be happy that the volume and security of supply are good enough. A store I used to deal with looked at mains gas for their driers but abandoned the idea because of a lack of confidence in both.One of our upgrades is moving onto mains gas for drying, which will come online in May/June, paid for without going back to members for money.
It's about maximising the output of expensive gear. Most long term stores with vented ducts and stirrers can take it at 20 percent. Kits there, it's just some electric and gas, so may as well be cutting. Especially on land where timely working in the dry is important.Seems odd to me that some people seem to have a blanket policy of "cut at xx %".
If a crop is just ripe and standing well, we're on top of things and there's a week's sunshine forecast, I might wait til it's under 16.
Unfortunately the burner nozzles and plumbing are different for gas.What is the price that kerosene would be switched off and gas used instead.... if you can permanently keep the option?
I dont know your set up of course, but I would hedge my bets and have both, kero could well get cheaper if demand for oil keeps dropping, and your gas supply could fail at a bad time (careless digger driver!) along with not so easy to "shop around"Unfortunately the burner nozzles and plumbing are different for gas.
Gas is a cleaner burning fuel, which will become more important in years to come.
We can get a very competitive price per KW/h for gas, as our peak time does not coincide with the peak demand for gas.
Moving to gas removes the logistical issues of checking fuel tank levels, ordering tankers, having tankers in the yard during intake etc and also removes the security risk of having up to nearly 50,000L of liquid fuel on site.