On-farm energy use in the grain and horticultural industries

Chen, Guangnan and Maraseni, Tek and Banhazi, Thomas and Bundschuh, Jochen (2015) On-farm energy use in the grain and horticultural industries. In: 1st Australian Life Cycle Assessment Conference 2015 (AgriFoodLCA): Growth Through Sustainability, 23-24 Nov 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

Agriculture and the related primary industry requires energy as an important input. Energy is needed to a differing extent in all the stages of the agri-food chain. In this paper, on-farm energy use in the grain and horticultural industries is evaluated. It is found that the energy use varies significantly with the farm enterprises and also the farming systems, including irrigation and heating/cooling methods. The total direct on-farm energy use for grain grown under dryland conditions with no tillage may be as low as 0.35 GJ/ha, while for horticultural products, the direct on-farm energy use may reach up to 20000 GJ/ha for tomatoes grown in greenhouses. The large variation of energy uses may indicate the significant opportunities for reducing energy use in these industries.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 04:47
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 03:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy; benchmark; grain; horticulture
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28433

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