LED Pilot Project Expanding, First Participant to Add LED’s in Brood Barn
Dennis Buysse has joined the Minnesota Project’s LED Pilot Program and becomes the first farmer in this project to install LED lamps in a brood barn. The pilot project, which is centered on documenting a farmer’s energy savings from replacing old lamps with new, energy efficient LED lamps, is testing whether or not commercial farming is a viable application for LED technology.
Dennis joins the pilot project after a fire destroyed his brood barn this past February. While in the process of rebuilding, he became aware of The Minnesota Project’s efforts to assist farmers in reducing their energy costs and agreed to install LED’s in his newly built brood barn. The new installation allows Dennis to easily control light exposure to the birds, depending on the bird’s age and even the time of day
Dennis’s farm is located in Lyon County, Minnesota, near the town of Minneota. He runs his farm with the help of his sons. Along with their light hen turkey operation, they also grow corn and soybeans.