Diesel Fuel and the Agriculture Industry
Diesel fuel is often the forgotten commodity with regards to diesel engines, and certainly the agriculture industry has been lagging in its ability to keep up with the latest requirements for cleaner fuels that the new engine designs now demand. The fuel is typically purchased, stored, and used with little thought going into it until something eventually goes wrong.
Common Agricultural Diesel Issues
In the case of the Agriculture Industry, the demand for diesel fuel rises and falls with the climatic and harvest seasons. As such, bulk quantities of diesel, which sit within the bulk diesel tanks, can begin to degrade after only 22 days in the tank. This is also the case for equipment that may only be called upon once or twice a year for harvest. Typically, it is only when something goes wrong do many owners or operators understand how critical the fuel is to the reliable operation of the engine or fuel system and the overall farming asset. It is a well-known fact that poorly maintained diesel fuel is directly responsible for greater than 80% of fuel system failures and even higher in new advanced HPCR fuel injection systems, which are now finding their way into the industry. As such, the diesel fuel must be maintained in a pristine condition and as close to an “as refined” condition as possible to ensure ultimate reliability.