Ready or not, winter is on its way. This time of year is often one of the most stressful for farmers all across the country, but it can be particularly tough for those located in the northern United States. The freezing temperatures add a level of difficulty to even the simplest task, and the blanket of snow that’s covering your field means that grazing livestock is no longer an option. Stockpiles of hay and grain often replace pasture during this time, but hay and grain are expensive, and the price of these feeds continues to rise. This year, relieve your stress and add a sense of security to your feed by adding a FodderPro Feed System to your farm. Read more
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Hydroponic fodder production gets us excited. We have spent years researching, testing and improving our FodderPro Feed Systems, but we’re about to take research and development a step further. At our Dyersville, Iowa campus we’ve recently constructed a building dedicated to the production and research of hydroponic fodder, and this way we can improve upon the already impressive FodderPro Feed Systems and provide our customers with the information they need to grow a feed option that is truly the best. Read more
With the limited availability of non-GMO verified feed, high prices of quality and the difficulty of producing consistent forage throughout the winter, David and Ginger Shields of Pastured Life Farm knew it was time to start looking for a better feed option. Read more
Green Warrior Farms is looking to establish itself as a corporation that provides opportunity. Their objective is, “to provide injured veterans with an opportunity to own their own fodder production business, which will help make America more self sufficient and less dependent on foreign food.” Production Manager Matt Van Vlack explains, “the original purpose of establishing our fodder operation was to produce health benefits for local livestock.” However, Green Warrior Farms did not stop there. Van Vlack elaborates, “essentially what we are offering is an opportunity for our veterans to grow feed on contract for local farmers, which will help to reduce the overall carbon footprint of feed distribution.” Read more
As promised, we’re back with our second edition of the Frequently Asked Fodder Questions blog. If you haven’t gotten the chance to look over part one yet, you can find it here, and read it at your convenience. Part one of our two part FAQ blog was intended to give an overview of the FodderPro Feed System by answering some of the more general questions we are asked every day. Part two of our blog series is intended to answer your more technical questions, in hopes that all your fears of fodder will have vanished after you’ve finished reading. So without further ado, we present you with the final installment of our Frequently Asked Fodder Questions blog.
With the growing interest (no pun intended) in hydroponic fodder, more and more customers are calling in to ask questions about our FodderPro Feed Systems. We’ve also found that our previously published “Frequently Asked Questions – The FodderPro Feed System” blog has been one of the most frequently visited posts we have ever produced. So in order to further help you, our valued customer, get the information you are seeking, we have produced not one, but two more, information packed Frequently Asked Questions blogs. These blogs should help answer any of the burning questions you may have, but if they don’t, be sure to check out our first edition FAQ blog, which will help you uncover even more information about our FodderPro Feed Systems. Read more
Our most recent CEA school provided a great opportunity for our attendees, and myself, to learn the ins and outs of controlled environment agriculture. I am new to FarmTek and have been working here for just about a month, and while I moved here from a small town in New Hampshire, I truthfully have very limited agricultural and farming knowledge. The most I could tell you about farming prior to this is that cows have dry tongues, and catching loose chickens is a tougher task than you originally think. However, after being given the opportunity to sit in on the majority of lectures at our most recent CEA school here at Technology Center East, I, like all of our attendees, have gained a lot of knowledge and interest in the previously mysterious topic of controlled environment agriculture. Read more
Lensmire Family Farm, owned and operated by Tom and Jane Lensmire, is home to about 80 Holstein, Jersey and Swiss dairy cows. Located in Cleveland, WI, the farm has been in the family for 23 years and spans 80 acres of land. The Lensmires began rotational grazing about 13 years ago and still use this practice today, in addition to purchased feed. However, an interest in hydroponics led them to FarmTek’s Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed Systems after reading about hydroponic fodder in the company’s catalog.
With the grand opening of FarmTek’s Technology Center East this month came our first-ever CEA School in South Windsor, CT. We had 58 people attend the school from not just across the county, but across the world. People came from down the street to as far away as Burnley, England! We had presenters from local businesses, non-profits, academia, vendors and our own experts on controlled environment agriculture, including several of our frequent blog contributors.
It seems like fall is flying by me this year. Last I recall, it was September and I was gearing up for a month of trade shows and traveling through the glorious autumn weather to enjoy what other folks experience (outside of New England). Growing up in Maine and living in Connecticut now, fall has always been a favorite of mine. The leaves are changing, I can order hot coffee instead of iced, scarves and coats come out of the closet and I can enjoy an afternoon outside without feeling like I’m melting. It’s that homey time of year when you move from the outdoor fire pit and BBQ to the inside fire place with warm apple cider—yum!