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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

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Do you love taking pictures as much as you love your FarmTek products? Well, it’s time to get inspired and take some great photos of your favorite FarmTek items in action because our 2013 Photo Contest starts June 18th! Since we love our loyal readers so much, we wanted to give you a couple days head start to find (or take) the perfect photo!

Get ready for your ten seconds of fame, because if you win, you’ll be featured on our website and this very blog. Anyone can enter and we’re looking for photos showcasing how you use our products, so get snapping.

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 FarmTek gift certificate and five lucky runners-up will each receive a $200 FarmTek gift certificate. How’s that for motivation?

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My Journey into the Land of Plenty- Literally!

Land of plantyToday’s blog post comes from our guest blogger, Nichole Kemp. Nichole is the marketing and event specialist for FarmTek’s parent company ESAPCO where she manages and organizes all our trade shows, open houses and workshops. She is also the brand manager for our building division, ClearSpan Fabric Structures, and the self titled “ClearSpan Brand Evangelist”. Last month Nichole had the opportunity to visit our Dyersville, IA manufacturing facility where she observed one of our fodder workshops. This is the tale of her travels and, as she likes to put it, her journey into the land of plenty! Read more

Don’t Miss our CEA School this June!

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At FarmTek, we don’t want to simply sell you products. We think it is important to teach customers about the most up-and-coming trends in the agricultural and horticultural communities. Our first CEA School, which encompassed presentations and hands-on training for hydroponics, fodder production and aquaponics, was such a success that we have added additional dates this June! Please join us from June 18 to 20, 2013 to learn everything you need to know about the most up-and-coming trends in horticulture.

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Growing the Distance from Germination to Harvest

Petunia ready for transplantNow that spring has set in and you have developed some strong little seedlings, it’s about time to transplant them so they can grow into beautiful flowers or delicious produce. Plants need certain things to grow, so you’ll need to make sure they are available in order for seedlings to develop into healthy plants. Just like with seed starting, there are many ways to plant, fertilize and water your seedlings when transplanting, so it is important to understand all of your options.


Since growing seedlings need plenty of nutrients and a weed-free environment to grow into strong, healthy plants, staying away from the soil you find around your yard is a good idea. With all of the growing technology available today, many soil mixes have been developed that will give your seedlings everything they need without much help from you.
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Introducing Sam and our Greenhouse Facilities

The 80' x 50' greenhouse at our Dyersville, IA campus.

There’s been a lot of excitement around here lately about our new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities at our Dyersville, IA campus. We’ve included an overview in our catalogs but we’d like to take this opportunity to tell everyone more about it.

I can’t begin to talk about these new facilities without telling you a bit about one of the major players involved, Sam Shroyer, our greenhouse manager. Sam joined FarmTek at the beginning of this year and has spearheaded the expansion of our greenhouse facilities. His background includes a high school title of Iowa FFA Horticulture Champion, college membership to Pi Alpha Xi, wholesale greenhouse management and running his own landscaping company. Read more