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Jada: Bulk fuel man gives a flashback to 1971

Jada_thumbnailIn order to fill up our equipment, we often have a bulk fuel truck come to our field. Today, Rick from Davis and Wardlaw came to fill up our combines and our service truck. His truck holds 2,000 gallons and upon his arrival our equipment sucked what fuel was remaining in his truck dry.
Rick brought bulk fuel to our field

Rick delivered bulk fuel to our field.

Rick has been in the fuel business since 1971 and offered us a flashback on how different things are today than in ’71. At that time, diesel was 13 cents a gallon while gas was .25 cents a gallon- with 9 cents of that being tax. Today the tax on gas is 28 cents. He added that propane was 5 cents a gallon. I filled 4 normal sized tanks the other day and was charged $45.

Martin fills the combine up

Martin climbs up the machine to help fill our combines up.

In 1971, the fuel we consumed today would have cost us $197.21. I’d have to say this is quite reasonable considering today it costs almost $100 to fill up my pickup. Rick is based out of Seymour, TX and offered me one more fun tidbit. Seymour has the national record for the highest temperature- 122 degrees. Since we have arrived in Olney, experiencing weather in the triple digits (with a max of 109 degrees) has not been uncommon, however; I cannot imagine how 122 degrees would feel like.

Meeting interesting people like Rick is one of the things I love about harvest. I am happy to work in the agricultural industry because the people involved in this field are generally nice people.

And what was Kaidence doing while I was talking to Rick. . . . . .

Kaidence finds fun in the field

Finding fun in the field…

Oak swings Kaidence around in a circle

and more fun….

and more fun

and more fun! Ahhhh to be a kid again!

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  • cdsjerry
    Posted at 08:02h, 06 June

    Just in case you think that’s just normal inflation, I thought I’d give you those prices in 2013 numbers AFTER adjusting for inflation. The difference between the the adjusted numbers and what we actually pay are factors OTHER than inflation such as government regulations, supply changes, etc.
    Your $.13 diesel would cost $.75
    Your $.25 gas would cost $1.44
    Your $.09 tax would be $.52
    The cost per gallon at the pump for gas would be $1.96
    Propane would be $.29

    As you can see, fuel costs have skyrocketed far above inflation values again meaning there is another factor at work which effects our prices. Government influence is the biggest of those factors in my opinion as the government would not allow high prices back in the early ’70s (this was before the energy crisis of 1976). Today the government actually wants to encourage high fuel prices in an effort to drive people to other fuel sources. The way to control people is to manipulate prices. If they encourage high fuel costs it encourages people to look for some other solution. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that fuel prices exploded when a president took office who’s family was in the oil business, nor that BP posted all time record profits while at the same time they had their mishap in the gulf. The profits and the actions don’t match. If another industry were in this situation we’d have a government investigation. But not with sacred oil companies.