Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – What’s New?!
Spring has sprung here at FarmTek and the new spring product line is available! With the Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed Systems product line constantly expanding, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the latest and greatest that we have to offer. These products and kits have been brought on and developed to make the installation and operation of your Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed System as easy as possible so you can be up and running within days of receiving your system.
Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed Systems have ¾” manifolds that feed each 12’ channel with a small ¼” tubing assembly. To protect these fittings from the high pressure of a well pump or municipal water line we recommend a PSI setting of 22 for best operation. This ¾” Inline Kit includes a preset pressure regulator to set the PSI appropriately, unions to go on either side of the control assembly for easy maintenance in the future, ball valves for immediate overrides and system shut down, as well as all the necessary adapters to get into a standard ¾” supply line.
Over time we have discovered that when running multiple units, two at a time allows for better water control and conservation. The new 2-Zone Kit comes with all the adapters, tees and elbows required to branch the ¾” supply line to two systems. Also included is the new Battery-Operated Two-Dial Digital Timer to automate irrigation. This basic timer/solenoid combination unit is a breeze to operate. Just set your start time on the digital display and turn the dials to your preferred intervals (ex: 2 minutes every 2 hours). With just three AA batteries required (not included), operation could not be simpler. These kits are appropriate for single-unit operation as well.
LED Light Fixtures
We have two new LED lighting options available in the spring 2013 catalog. Our 48” Vapor-Tight Fixture comes with two LED bulbs. These fixtures offer an instant-start function with no harmful UV emission. Tube life is approximately 40,000 hours and the fixtures carry a 3-year warranty. Plugs are not included, so we can supply them or an electrician can hardwire them into either 120 V or 240 V operation.
The new Grow-Well Microgreen LED Grow Light can be positioned as far as 14’ from the fodder and still provide the necessary benefits. LED lights will offer up to 80% energy savings over more traditional HPS and MH grow lights and, by providing the specific tone of light required by the plant, approximately 80% of the light created will be utilized by the plant. These fixtures carry a 2-year warranty with an average 50,000 hour life expectancy. Plugs for 120 V operation are included. For 240 V operation an alternate plug will be required.
I stand a staggering 5’2” off the ground so saying I’m vertically challenged is putting it mildly. With all of the Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed Systems standing far taller than myself I definitely need a boost here and there to work the upper growing levels. I would like to introduce our new Rolling Stairs. Available in both 4-Step and 6-Step styles, these stairs are 24” wide with an extended 10” top platform for better stability. Four-step options are 40” at the top platform with the safety rail terminating at 76” high. The six-step model has a top platform at 60” with the safety rail terminating at 96” high. Both stair options include locking brakes, 450 lb. weight limits and meet OSHA 1910.29 and ANSI A14.7 standards for safety.
Portable Evaporative Coolers
Maintaining the optimum temperature and humidity growing conditions for fodder can be an overwhelming undertaking for some folks. As I have never found an area I can’t make fodder work in, I am very excited to add our new Portable Evaporative Coolers to my arsenal of over 30,000 products. Rather than cutting holes and installing fans or air conditioners in a space, our Portable Evaporative Coolers not only drop the temperature quickly but can also reduce relative humidity by up to 20%. The Portable Cooler covers approximately 250 square feet and required manual filling of the 4.8-gallon tank. The Mobile Cooler covers up to 700 square feet with and garden hose connection for automatic refilling of the 10-gallon tank. These are not air conditioners so they do not draw air from the outdoors.
These units are basic air exchangers, removing contaminated air from the area while bringing in fresh air. While there is the standard inlet shutter and exhaust fan setup, these recovery systems will utilize the heat from the outgoing air to warm up the incoming air. This incredible feature allows your environmental control setup to run more efficiently as heaters don’t have to burn as much fuel to warm the building after the introduction of fresh air. Ventilators come ready to plug into a 120 V electrical system and carry a 5-year warranty on component parts, 7-year warranty on motor and lifetime warranty on the aluminum core. Installation guides are included, but customers will need to supply hardware for the 6” vent assembly.
That’s the tall and short for spring catalog updates, but always check back for new offerings. Fodder is the new generation of farming here in the US, so as our customers require, we add new products to make growing fodder as easy as possible.