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Farm Energy Use Survey Results Released

16 August 2013

UK - The final estimates of farm energy use from the 2011/12 Farm Business Survey have been announced.

The key results are below and should only be seen as representative of
the farms responding to this survey.

  • Winter wheat received more agrochemical sprays than any other crops, with an average of 10.1 applications for the 2011 harvest.
  • The number of agrochemical spray applications did not appear to influence average gross margin for the crop.
  • For all farm types, either red diesel or electricity is the biggest contributor to energy use from fuel. Red diesel accounts for 67% of energy use from fuel on specialist cereal farms.
  • Energy use from fuel on a per hectare basis is highest on specialist poultry farms (45.8 GJ/ha) and lowest on LFA grazing livestock farms (1.6 GJ/ha).
  • When split by energy intensity (GJ per hectare for cereal farms, GJ per livestock unit for livestock farms), gross margin per hectare (cereal farms) or livestock unit (livestock farms) increases with energy intensity.

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