I have been receiving several inquiries recently on supplemental lighting for greenhouse production. The most common question is “Should I install LED lights to support growing?” I have found one report to be the most complete and current on this topic and wanted to share it here. Economic Analysis of Greenhouse Lighting: Light Emitting Diodes […]
Yesterday we held our annual Oilseed Producer’s Meeting. At this meeting, I presented an economic overview of oilseeds in Vermont. Ina nutshell, Vermont has an installed on-farm biodiesel capacity of 600,000 gal/yr (5 sites) with a normalized initial cost of $1/gal of capacity (better than national average). Fuel can be produced for an average cost […]
We recently completed a series of small scale oilseed press evaluations related to on-farm oilseed processing. The video below summarizes the different presses and a full report is available for download.
Although estimates vary, we invest about 14 calories of fossil fuel-based energy and 15-20 calories of energy in general into every 1 calorie of food produced. And (here’s the kicker) 30-50% of the food produced never makes it to a digestive track. So those energy input numbers are actually low by any true measure of […]
I really like the Ag Census and USDA-NASS. Fellow data geeks (but they have the better electric guitar).