Harvest may be over, but as we know a farmer’s work is never done. Prioritising maintenance over the chilly months ahead, be it machinery, fuel, or security, is now top of the to-do list.
With the right products and solutions, you can ensure your farm machinery is always performance-ready and optimise your fuel security – but where to start? The good news is, we’re here to give you a steer.
We’ve curated a comprehensive guide to fuelling your farm this winter, so you can keep your equipment in tip top condition and make sure your farm runs smoothly all year round.
Protect your farm machinery this winter
Keep machinery in check with additives
It is not just the busy summer months that additives are useful. They are also essential for preventing fuel waxing which could affect filters and cause damage if left unchecked. Our range of additives allow you to keep your machinery in top condition, helping reduce the cost of maintaining and replacing parts, as well as improving fuel performance and limiting waste.
Cases of fuel theft are on the rise and the darker winter nights can make it harder to protect your farm against opportunistic thieves. Diesel Defender acts as a powerful deterrent for would-be thieves. A liquid anti-theft marker, Diesel Defender colours white diesel to produce a green fuel, making it distinguishable from white diesel for personal use, helping to improve traceability and reduce resale value.
From Gas Oil Extra, Anti-Bug Kill, and Anti-Wax, to Fuel Store Plus, and Diesel Power Restorer, we have the right solution for your machinery’s needs. Conducting maintenance checks on your machinery and using the right additives can help ensure they are in good working order ahead of the peak season.
Protect agricultural machinery with Antifreeze
When the colder weather hits, it’s important that your machinery keeps going as long as you do. Top quality antifreeze can help to maximise performance and reliability in harsh conditions, minimising maintenance costs. While keeping coolant systems topped up is essential, it is a task that is often overlooked. Our range of antifreeze products can help reduce the risk of frost damage, by keeping the radiator from freezing in extreme cold. These products can also protect against corrosion damage, scaling, and sediment build-up, as well as prevent common cavitation issues, helping to ensure smooth operations, especially during colder periods.
Although agriculture was largely unaffected by April’s red diesel reform, some farmers took the opportunity to re-evaluate their fuel choices and seek alternatives that fitted with their sustainability goals. Drop-in diesel alternatives can instantly reduce emissions and set your farm up for a sustainable start to peak season.
Let’s look at some examples:
Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is a 100% biodegradable, drop-in diesel alternative made from vegetable fats and oils. Benefits include:
- up to 90% reduction in emissions – instantly
- no engine or infrastructure modifications needed
- FAME, sulphur, and fossil free
- cleaner burning
- long shelf life
Like what you see? Discover everything you need to know about HVO in our ultimate guide.
[Link to Getting to Know HVO guide].
GTL Fuel (Gas to Liquid) is a cleaner burning diesel alternative fuel used in on and off-road applications. Benefits include:
- significant reduction inNOx (Nitrogen Oxide) and PM (particulate Matter) emissions
- biodegradable and non-toxic
- long shelf life
- reduced noise pollution
- drop-in fuel replacement
Why not check out our alternative fuels guide to learn more?
[Link to alternative fuels guide].
Boost fuel security with fuel monitoring solutions.
Fuel tanks are often a target for thieves and as the nights draw closer, thieves have more opportunity to strike.
Our tank locks and tank monitoring solutions can help keep your fuel safe and secure. Our wirelessly-fitted telemetry system, FuelWise, enables real-time remote fuel monitoring, with automatic alerts triggered in the event of a sudden drop in levels, which could indicate theft or a leak. Automatic top-ups can also be arranged so that you never run out of fuel, giving you all-important peace of mind, and allowing you to focus on what you do best.
[Find out how to protect your farm from theft this winter here]
Keep your farm heated this winter with Therma35.
With temperatures dropping, stocking up on heating oil should be a priority. Our range of readily available, cost-effective, and efficient options will see you through until spring.
Therma35: premier heating oil
Our cost-effective, slow-burning solution can be used for a diverse range of agricultural applications, from drying grain to heating cow sheds.
- Drop-in – no modifications needed
- More cost-efficient than gas oil
- Long-shelf life
- High performing
Being winter-grade and boasting a long shelf life, you can stock up on Therma35 in advance to ensure you are well-prepared when cold snaps hit.
Ensure your machinery is in tip-top shape with lubricants.
Machinery may not be working at peak performance during the winter months, but they need to be ready to operate, when needed. Lubricants are a vital cog in farming operations, helping to push up productivity and drive down costly repairs. Approved by many agricultural OEMs, including Massey Ferguson, Case, New Holland, John Deere and Fendt, our high-performing lubricants suit all farming machinery needs. Need help choosing the right lubricants for your machinery? Click here to learn more about our extensive range and to reach out to our experts.
Talk to Certas Energy’s agriculture experts for more information on the competitively priced products you need to look after your farm equipment during winter.