As many stories of innovation start, Dihl Grohs knew there had to be a better way.
That was about four years ago, when the farmer and rancher started trying to figure
out how to grow feed without using expensive farmland.
He figured a solution could be found in hydroponics – growing without soil.
A new South Dakota-based venture is growing livestock forage without soil or sunlight.
HydroGreen Global Technologies has developed an automated system for growing small grains.
In six days, seeds of barley or oats are germinated and grow into lush, green grass for cattle, goats, chickens or other animals.
HydroGreen Global Technologies has developed an automated system that allows producers
to grow feed for livestock without soil in a climate-controlled building.
We wanted a Porsche, not a Chevy.
So says Dihl Grohs, inventor of HydroGreen’s patent-pending automated system
that has the potential to produce 250 acres of green forage in a 24-by-6 feet area.
Need more affordable feed?
Almost everyone with livestock would probably answer “yes” to that question at one time or another.
A drought may cut your hay and corn silage yields.
This year's drought in North and South Dakota has been devastating to cattle producers.
The drought hit early in the season.
Pastures quickly dried up, forcing producers to either sell off a portion of their herd or find ways to stretch their feed sources.
Winter may be upon us, but a Renner-based company will harvest crops all year round.
HydroGreen Global Technologies plans to change the way we farm. Instead of combines, you'll find a conveyor belt at HydroGreen.
"This thing seems to be a no-brainer," Mike Powers said.
On Thursday, Mike and Debbie Powers from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area checked out the product.
They're thinking about investing in the Renner company.
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