Manufacturing NH3 Locally,
Exactrix Review of Power Costs.
The Great Plains Reporter has news based on cost per KWH or Kilowatts Per Hour.
If you own a used Caterpillar Gen Set, a 40 year old D-399 at 1,000 KW you can make power with diesel for about 3.5 cents per KWH.
But the low break mean effective pressure engine, and also the low rpm design wears out eventually. So the producer will need to find another used hospital standby Gen set, D-399 that was built in Mossville, IL in 1975.
If your goal is 40,000 hours before rebuild….A natural gas version of the 399 will go to 40,000 hours if it burns very clean, natural gas as a G-399. But you will need at least two G-399, V-16 engines since they are derated to 650 hp each compared to the diesel D-399, Marine rating.
Since the G-399, V-16 engines will probably not run more than 1,800 to 2,200 hours per year. The engine design of G-399 has solved the uptime problem for about 18 to 20 years.
Big Cat Gens also require maintenance. A man must be dedicated to the engine….about 20 hours per month….or 240 hours per year.
So for a big center pivot operator (100 pivots) can make power including some infrastructure for the power transmission to the electric driven pumps for about 4.5 cents per KWH.
Normally on site power with very clean Natural Gas will make a big difference. Full power may not be required more than 20% of the time over 3 months seasonal use.
This is the reason the petroleum miners are not using or fueling flare gas and making power in the shale fields of ND and Texas.
The mined flare gas has impurities requiring a cleanup at a centralized processing plant like the Jayhawk Processing plant at the Hugoton Gas Field at Ulysses, KS.
https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2011/10/27/141766341/the-price-of-electricity-in-your-state The KWH price average is calculated for each state.
For sure, Wind Power is gaining and bulk rates are low as 2 cents per KWH….but not always reliable.
This is where the NH3 battery comes in to absorb the fluctuation of the wind vs. the demand. A large accumulator is required for storage and that becomes NH3 for power and for food.
Note: The Kellogg single train compressors may need to be phased out due to more localized needs and varying wind speeds.
Smaller NH3 multiple train compressors may be required to process NH3.
NH3 is a great place to store power under pressure or refrigerated at atmospheric pressure in very large non-pressure vessels.
Why Anhydrous Ammonia is a power source? A good article is included from the Scientific American.
enough local wind powered plants were built NH3 could be priced at 42
cents per gallon or about
This would break the Oligarchy of NH3 on the Great Plains due to local delivery and alternate use of NH3 for power.
No more Mega Scale, 3,300 ton per day NH3 plants would be on the drawing board.
the pioneers settle the Great Plains.
As a crop nutrient NH3 (80% total built is Agricultural) has the lowest carbon foot print of any fertilizer.
And NH3 when built from wind power and hydro power has the ability to help stabilize the climate.
If windmills can make electrical power for 2 cents per KW (Scientific American Report included), then Anhydrous Ammonia should be made from syn gas (pure hydrogen). Pure syngas built by means of electrolysis is now competitive on a local basis.
PUD’s or Public Power companies should be making NH3 and not necessarily farmer owned Coops it appears.
A very big plus is local manufacture of the NH3 with a changing world demand for food and power.
Thus a slight shift away from natural gas making syngas (pure hydrogen) and more chances to make a dual functional product that transports as Heavy Hydrogen, NH3, in lower cost carbon steel pressure vessels and fabricated carbon steel pipelines.
Norway started with dams powered hydrolysis, The TVA started with dam powered hydrolysis. Norwegian Yara seems to think that hydro works. Yara has been using Electrolysis to build NH3 since 1911. Yara is the largest of all manufacturers of NH3 in the world.
“Anhydrous Ammonia becomes a storage battery for wind and water power. NH3 is utilized to make power around the world.”
NH3 is totally clean burning, a non-carcinogen, and in most cases except for agriculture , a clean nitrogen returns to the atmosphere where it came from.
NH3 is now planned for ocean shipping engine power due to low emissions and a condensed power package.
It will not be long before your Cat diesel engine will run on 30% NH3 Def fluid (urea) is not required.
Your new Caterpillar baseball cap will say. Caterpillar, Diesel/NH3 Power.
Or in Washington, Caterpillar/Water Power. Or in Kansas, Caterpillar/Wind Power.
Mariah may not be the monster of the Great Plains but a gift from God just like the Columbia River.
Exactrix® Mustang, TAPPKTS Formulators apply NH3 at pressures to 300 PSI and combine flows with APP, ATS, KTS and micros.
The 2019 Corn Production Margin Got Bigger.
Hybrid Corn Yields crowd 300 bushels per acre.
Winter Wheat Yields Outstanding, 2.5 crops in one year.
Yields were120 bu to 130 bu./a. No commercial NPKS or micros fertilizer types were applied to this crop due super saturated soils and poor market prices for wheat. No TAPPS or TAPPKS was applied to the 2019 crop.
The residual Mustang deep bands of TAPPS in No-tillage from 2013 thru 2018 (6 crops) developed the unbelievable crop with abnormal rainfall. A fungicide treatment was made in late April with a small of amount of solution 32 included. The sprayer tracked up the field.
Exactrix No-Tillage Rotational Band Loading of 6 years of dryland wheat and corn supported the highest field wide yields ever generated along the Arkansas River at Deerfield KS. The record yield required twice as many combines, bank-out wagons and trucks to haul wheat about 10 miles.
The wheat crop came off the 7,000 acres in record time fighting tornados and hail all the way to the bin. At the last 90% of the acres the race was won, harvest production was reduced to two combines. At the end with 10% acres left to go the two extra combines and stripper headers were sold back into the harvest machinery market to allow other Kansas farmers access to the stripper machines.
Check out Casey Sower at Triple G Partners banding TAPPS. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_06_26_2015.htm
About Eric, http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_08_12_2019.html
Kevin Shapland, Gary Dick, Ulysses, KS, Alfalfa Recovery, 7th year full alfalfa recovery of yield in depleted stands. TAPPKTS, Micros, Kugler Custom.
Read About Gary Dick and Kevin, http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_09_03_2019.html
Study Tom Fairweather’s hard work in developing a Potassium Thio-sulfate. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_01_09_2019.html
Improving Pasture land to high carrying capacity with returns that beat irrigated corn production returns every time.
Banding into Hybridized Coastal Bermuda Grass Production with Mustang TAPPKTS plus micros. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_07_10_2019.html
Why is Nebraska off 10% of typical yields?
Why did Kansas become dominant in high yield?
Why did Idaho prove up outstanding brewing barley?
Exactrix® Rotational Band Loading was the major contributor to very high yields with No-tillage.
Exactrix® TAPPS and TAPPKTS plus micros certainly helped prove the weather was a very big factor.
Exactrix® proves again and again in No-till soils….… Less is More.
Why does Exactrix® TAPPKTS with micros always outperform solution 32-0-0 and or dry NPKS in yield and economic performance?
Do not miss out.
Maintain your edge in the game of production.
Your major advantage is liquid injection of NH3 at pressures to 300 psi into streaming flows of APP, KTS® and micros.
Here is your answer. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_09_30_2019.html
The Great Evener of Profitability….The Weather is the single biggest uncontrolled input…in irrigation or dryland Exactrix NH3 assures the best margin in good weather or bad weather.
Good Weather, Bad Weather, Exactrix® TAPPKTS with micros moves more money to the bottom line.
That means the Exactrix® generated low rate application with crystallization for stability is powerful allowing fall banding.
The low investment rate in nutrients wins every time because it is more crop available with Exactrix Mass Flow.
The yield curve comes up fast and allows higher yields in tough weather…..and also less is invested.
There are more net dollars and better production margins when Exactrix® NH3 is the primary nitrogen source forming 1% CV TAPPKTS at band depths of 7 to 8 inches.
In all commodity crops across Canada, The USA and even Mexico…Exactrix® NH3 is always the best choice in crop production.
http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_08_12_2019.html All farm sizes work well with Exactrix NH3.
Across North America, producers that have Exactrix greet the banker with a smile.
There is always more margin and a lot less risk with Exactrix® TAPPKTS with micros.
Some producers have very large farms and meet or exceed their expectations with Exactrix Mustang tool bars. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_04_23_2018.html
At $65 to $70 per acre for all nutrients… for year 2020 fall banding is very economical.
The budget is made with 125 lbs. N as NH3 with $26.00 of NH3 and 20 lbs. P, 20 lbs. K and 15 lbs. S at $35 and $5.00 for AZn and Micros.
About 7% to 8% of the gross for nutrients in irrigated production…..and another 6% to 8% for yield punch….That is a 12% to 15% improved net margin.
Up to $150 more net income in irrigated production and $60 more net income in dryland corn.
Exactrix® producers are generally larger and enjoy a better farming career when costs are reduced with No-tillage.
Exactrix® solves the nutrient management problem.
No other technique is more accepted than 7 to 8 inch Mustang Banding by some of largest and best producers in USA and Canada.
Sleep well young farm family ………….you have a technological hedge and lowest cost of production.
The environmental solution with lowest GHG emissions, Exactrix® TAPPKTS with Micros is especially competitive for large producers.
Green House Gas Emissions are lowest with Ethanol and Exactrix NH3 application in No-Till. VRT site specific application goes to the highest levels.
No other combination will out-compete Exactrix Generated Corn Ethanol or EGCE as fuel blends reach 27%E by 2015
Every Exactrix® NH3 Storage Tank is worth a $100 to $280 per ton more to the bottom line
Note: The Economics of NH3 Storage.
At $100 per ton, That is 6.1 cents per lb. of N….Multiply out your farm needs per 1,000 acres of irrigated corn with Exactrix TAPPKTS at 127 lbs. N per acre.
The storage savings per pound of N is 6.1 cents (at $100 per T) to 8.54 cents ($140 per T) to $17.08 ($280 per T) ….. that is $7,740.00 to $10,870 to max $21,1740 per 1,000 acres.
Plus you are not applying at the 250 lb. N per acre rate of an old fashioned NH3 system, or a low pressure NH3 system.
The efficiency of 300 psi high pressure injection at 1%CV provides166% more crop available N. This is so accurate with Mass Flow that another $30 to $45 per acre goes back in the kitty.
The Storage Credit range is $7.74 to $10.87 to $21.17 per ton typically depending on the retail price, spring or summer, fall or winter.
The efficiency credit is $30 to $45 dollars acre for lost N and depends on the source of N also.
The bottom line improves $40.00 to $55.00 per acre. That is a lot of money at up $55,000 per 1,000 acres. The yield punch of Exactrix TAPPKTS and Binary Banding brings forward another 8% to 18% yield increase.
Currently, October 1, 2019 NH3 is available for a fill-up at $320 to $340 per ton…and the NH3 retailer offers Anhydrous Ammonia at $480 to $599 per ton in the spring according to DTN and Exactrix owners observing retail vs. on farm storage NH3.
Note 1, April 19, 2019, DTN Retail Survey,
A 176% price swing is observed at Oct. 1, 2019. The big difference is the 30,000 gallon NH3 tank, when compared to April 1, retail. You the producer must pick up the NH3 trailer up at the fertilizer dealership. If the fertilizer dealer delivers to your farm you will pay. Delivery normally adds, another $75 to $100 per ton to pick up and return of the 1,000 gallon trailer. This 1,000 gallon trailer tank program is an old Coop system that does not exist or never did exist in the western US and Canada. On farm storage is key in the west on large farms with long distances between farms.
Exactrix is a total business opportunity for every producer that uses 70 ton or greater of NH3 annually.
A high quality used 30,000 gallon to 90,000 gallon NH3 storage tank is good buy at $45,000 to $90,000.
Plus you own the NH3 and the storage….you have it on your farm and ready to go……you can apply in bad weather irrespective of the fertilizer dealer support…you can run all night….You can work on weekends in the spring.
Note 2, Don’t Get Fooled,
You can go to fall football games ….knowing that you own next year’s NH3. It is on the farm. There will not be a hype or a fertilizer supply crisis in the spring. An annual event, The Fertilizer Crisis shows up every 12 months?
You remember all those years of fear marketing from the local fertilizer supplier. “We may not be able to get NH3” and this marketing comment adds another 10 cents to the price. The comment starts with the oligopoly manufacturer. The producer should always buy when demand is very low. There is never enough storage when demand is high for NH3.
Storage of NH3 stabilizes the price and keeps the NH3 owner in the driver’s seat.
Storage of NH3 is favored by the fertilizer industry.
Note 3. Safety.
The ammonia is paid for in the summer or fall with a fill-up when NH3 prices are at their lowest. Maybe as low as $280 per ton if you are quick on the draw in summer 2019.
There are several more advantages (about 20 more) that we need to talk about including improved safety and modern delivery to the field.
Producers have a really good chance at top yields with Exactrix NH3 and TAPPKTS.
Storage is Key….in every case. The used tanks are always in demand. Get a quote from Exactrix.
Quick and Easy, This is one of the best decisions of your farming
Every-time…Exactrix NH3 works…NH3 gets better and better with Exactrix®.
Each year new discoveries are made with applied NH3 in agriculture production.
A true statement. “Exactrix NH3 is 166% more crop available.” Don’t be fooled by poor schooling and lack of correct training.
The industry also prefers stabilized NH4 in the deck as TAPPKTS with micros.
Power Play Producers, The Power Forwards, The Triple Threat Quarterbacks….avoid the mistakes of solution 32-0-0 and use “the Real McCoy”, deep banded NH3 forming NH4 at 7 inch to 8 inch depths in Binary Banding.
This is a career changing decision for the next generations to come.
Have you ever wondered why is Exactrix® NH3 as TAPPKTS™ and micros so economical?
Absolutely supported by the top scientists and the USDA as the basic
reason for the highest quality food supply system ever conceived.
Ammonium is preferred by the growing crop. New discoveries are made
every year about this critical material and how to use it properly.
Corn, Cotton, Wheat, Alfalfa.
Yes even Alfalfa performs better with NH3 as TAPPKTS plus micros in the growing crop with Mustang banding deep at 7 to 8 inches. http://www.exactrix.com/Broadcast_09_03_2019.html
An Exactrix, TC 4515 eats acres at 45 feet with 15 inch average band centers or 7.5 x 22.5 Binary centers. The Mustang Tool Bar is built in a 5 section fold design with a narrow, 6 row center.
The positive wing down pressure 7 x 7 bar is mounted with P-51C openers in Binary Banding for 30 inch row corn.
Exactrix Engines are 2KC Weigh Master, 2KM Weigh Master with Sparging Reflow and a 2KR Blender. Three products are delivered in VRT-Site Specific at 1% CV of application.
Exactrix TAPPKTS bands with micros are located directly under corn seed rows with an adjoining side dress band or turbo band (7.5 inch to the side) that the corn roots access at V-5.
Operating on track suspensions at very low ground pressure at speeds of 10 mph at .909 acres per minute. The Exactrix Track Cart steers the tool bar with its own GPS dedicated receiver.
Sub 1 inch accuracy of nutrient bands is achieved with nutrient bands placed at 7 inch to 8 inch depths.
The net returns under pivot production is enhanced. Typically net returns increase $150.00 per acre. The investment is often paid off in the first year.
Get more done in a day with Guaranteed 82% N (82.4 with Exactrix Mass Flow).
Don’t forget. The less natural gas we use, the more we can export to China and third world.
China must pay long term for their infrastructure of natural gas and coal fired ammonia plants.
In the US our ammonia plants are long paid for at 40 to 60 years of age and can be easily mothballed with Exactrix NH3 application.
The Magellan Pipe Line is closed due to NH3 market confusion, is it for power or is it for food?
New ammonia plants can be more local based on the shrinking costs of wind power.
Just like locally grown ethanol the petroleum companies will need to readjust their position in the changing world of NH3 power and food production.
Meeting your formulation needs.www.exactrix.com/TF.htm
Picking your metering systems.www.exactrix.com/EPM.htm
Need more information on advanced crop production.www.exactrix.com/EWAC.htm
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