Agriculture is powered by oil and natural gas

Feb 21, 2022

Did you know that the oil and natural gas industry powers our New Mexico agriculture? To learn more about how the oil and natural gas industry produces the energy needed to feed New Mexico families continue reading below.

1. Fertilizer & Insecticides 

Most fertilizers that are commonly used in agriculture contain the three basic plant nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Natural gas is commonly used to produce two nitrogen-based fertilizers – ammonia and urea.


2. Greenhouse Heating

For products like lettuce, spinach, carrots, and herbs compressed natural gas is used to power the heating systems used in greenhouses.


3. Tractors

Many parts on a tractor are created using oil and natural gas, not to mention that most tractors themselves use the fuel as power.


4. Wheelbarrow

Plastic wheelbarrows are created using petroleum, an oil and natural gas derivative.


5. Irrigation Systems

Irrigation systems use a large amount of energy to water the many acres of crop land. The oil and natural gas industry powers the irrigation systems to feed all New Mexicans.