Standlee Premium Western Forage® believes that growing, processing and delivering premium western forage products begins with quality in the field. Standlee Premium Western Forage® has a strong emphasis on hands-on management at each of our farms; our farm managers are deeply involved with all areas of production. Since our managers are directly involved in our farming operations our attention to details and quality is unparalleled. We continue to appreciate the tried and true tradition that farming is a family business.
At Standlee Premium Western Forage® timing is everything. Employees toil for many long hours in fields planting, watering and harvesting forage products at the peak of perfection. Standlee Premium Western Forage® produces most of its forage using the large square baler. We use these large 4 x 4 x 8 bales of forage to manufacture our compressed bales, sleeved forage, and larger compressed bales for the international and domestic market. Three string bales are still common; however, our 3-string forage is a specialty market.
Standlee Premium Western Forage® operates 5 farms totaling nearly 22,000 acres and harvest an additional 13,000 acres. Farming this large amount of acres allows Standlee Premium Western Forage® to rotate crops to keep our forage the highest quality on the market. Standlee farms many different kinds of forage including Alfalfa, Timothy, Orchard Grass and Alfalfa/Grass. We also farm other crops such as corn, potatoes and wheat to help keep our soil prime for forage. Our Blue Gulch Farm is a beautiful farm located in western Twin Falls County, Idaho, sprawling over 5 square miles! It consists of over 4000 acres of land, primarily irrigated by 56 center pivots with water provided by wells located on the farm. The farm is almost totally landlocked, being surrounded by the Owyhee Desert and BLM ground. There is only a small fraction of one border that is adjacent to another farm. This isolation helps the Blue Gulch farm raise the highest quality forage products possible. The Arco Farm is located in Butte County, Idaho. It consists of 4,400 acres irrigated by a combination of wells and water from the melting snow pack of the surrounding mountains. This farm has the perfect climate to raise premium western forage. The cool nights produce just the right amount of dew to bale soft Alfalfa loaded with leaves. The most recent farm added is the Snowville Farm, located on the Utah/Idaho border. It is a 6,000 acre farm irrigated by center pivots from a mix of deep wells and Stone Reservoir water.
Standlee also has the Eden Farm surrounding the Standlee production facility in Eden, Idaho. It is a 3,600 acre farm irrigated with water diverted from the Snake River.
Our high quality forage crops are available in certified noxious weed-free. Along with the pure well water, modern irrigation techniques, and the farm's isolation, our skilled employees spend many exhausting hours planting, watering, fertilizing and harvesting to raise and deliver a superior product to our customer. Our team at Standlee Premium Western Forage® is trained to grade the forage after baling to be sure it is sent to the correct market for consistent quality.
Idaho's highly fertile volcanic soil, abundant irrigation, minimal humidity, and low annual rainfall create the perfect climate to produce high quality forage. Our forage can be naturally cured in as little as 3 days. The largest volumes of the highest quality forages are grown in the west consistently year after year.