While the agriculture industry faces a variety of challenges, very few are as serious as excessive heat. As climate change brings increasingly severe heat waves each summer, these hot temperatures threaten the profitability of farms. With a potentially devastating impact on both livestock and crop harvests, it’s critical for farmers to implement an effective cooling solution on their farms.
Currently the impact of heat stress on livestock costs farmers roughly $4 billion a year, but that figure is estimated to rise to between $15-40 billion per year by the end of the century. This impact is felt in just about every area of the livestock industry.
Swine and poultry are unable to sweat. As a result, they struggle to maintain a comfortable body temperature when outdoor temperatures exceed 90° F. This results in a significant reduction in weight for these animals. When cows experience heat stress, it not only impacts their ability to gain weight, but it can also substantially reduce their milk production.
Excessive heat can cause crops to spoil much faster following a harvest. Often, this can ruin a crop yield before it reaches market. In fact, studies have shown that hot conditions on farms reduce crop yields by as much as 50%. In addition to impacting crop yields, these temperatures can negatively impact the length of growing seasons, accelerating the rate of crop maturity to suboptimal levels. These issues can have a devastating impact on a farm’s bottom line.
Due to the devastating impact hot temperatures have on agriculture industry productivity and profitability, it’s critical for farmers to implement an effective cooling solution. Unfortunately, many farms operate on tight margins, making traditional cooling systems such as air conditioning and refrigeration prohibitively expensive solutions. Evaporative cooling is not only highly effective, but it also provides a significantly more affordable cooling solution due to lower energy consumption and maintenance costs.
Evaporative cooling uses the scientific process of evaporation to cool the air temperature in barns, greenhouses, fields, and crop storage areas. When hot air passes over a water-soaked cooling pad, called evaporative media, it will cause the water molecules on the surface of the media to evaporate. The energy released during this process can cool the air by as much as 30 degrees F.
Evaporative cooling for agriculture offers a variety of benefits to farmers, including:
The evaporative media you use will significantly impact the effectiveness of your results. As the industry leader in evaporative media, Kuul provides the ideal solution for agriculture evaporative cooling applications.
The Kuul Vitality series has been specially designed for use in agriculture, ensuring it is ideally suited to address the cooling needs of farms. Whether you need to cool livestock or crop harvests, Kuul Vitality evaporative media is built to withstand the challenging environments present in agricultural settings. Our proprietary DuraPro™ edge coating extends the life of your evaporative media and prevents light from fostering algae growth in the media.
You’ll experience the following benefits with Kuul Vitality evaporative media:
Kuul Vitality evaporative media will provide the effective cooling you need on your farm while keeping your costs down. This will help you maintain your margins and maximize your farm’s profitability.
Contact us today to find out how Kuul evaporative media can keep your farm operating at peak efficiency.