I upgrade to the diesel generator and strike it rich with the excavator from Immersive Engineering!
Of the available crops accepted by the industrial squeezer and fermenter, it seems like a melon farm works relatively well. I couldn't get MFR to harvest (or was it plant?) industrial hemp correctly, and figured it would just be easier to use a vanilla crop. Wheat ended up being somewhat problematic, as you often get more wheat than seeds, and most of seeds are used for replanting. As long as the melon stems don't get broken, you never need to replant (which also cuts down on the number of machines and item transport systems needed).