New investments in diesel engines continuing, even as other exploration takes place…
March 17, 2019 | Forbes
Few pieces of heavy equipment are as essential to a farmer than a pickup truck. At a 300-acre spread on Michigan’s west coast, a 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie High Country with a diesel engine serves double duty as an all-around workhorse, as well as the only conveyance of Todd and Jennifer Jensen and their three teenage children.
Farming is a machinery-intensive and tool-intensive endeavor. In the case of apples – table fruit as opposed to apple sauce – the Jensens are employing espalier, a method of growing fruit trees, dating to ancient times, that employs trellises to ensure that tree branches grow in narrow, longitudinal fashion rather than a traditional canopy. Espalier increases the amount of sunlight on the fruit. “More sunlight equals more fruit,” says Jensen. “And sweeter, higher quality fruit.”
The nature and design of diesel engines produce more torque than their corresponding gasoline-powered engines and, therefore, are popular with truckers, ranchers, farmers and anyone using a truck for heavy work. Diesel engines also tend to be more economical than gasoline engines in terms of fuel efficiency when used in simple transport roles.