November 11, 2016: What a difference a year makes

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A few weeks ago, a list was created of all of the things we had to accomplish before the snow begins to fly here in the frigid north. It wasn’t a short list- a full sheet of paper by the time we were done. Winterizing vehicles, getting livestock barns in place, moving nursery stock, insulating buildings. But I am proud …

Rocketing Towards Fall- September 29, 2016

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It’s been several crazy weeks since our last blog post. Fall is quickly approaching up here in the north. A 10-day trip to Australia to visit with farmers and some sight-seeing with Gabby, a busy field season, harvesting sweet clover, getting the equipment into shape, a longer-than welcome bout with bronchitis and walking pneumonia, finishing the laboratory facility, and a …

Life exceeds expectations: July 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016 Sometimes life exceeds your expectations. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, and we continue to ride the wave of events on the road to solidifying the Blue Dasher Farm Initiative here in Deuel County. I am looking forward to reaching a time and place when I can step back and put my feet …

Ready for winter: June 11, 2016

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June 11, 2016   Unreasonably hot weather can really suck the life and joy out of things.   For most of the week, temperatures were in the upper 90s; as miserable as it gets. Nevertheless, the team of students worked in the scorching sun all day, and nearly every day. Claire, Mike and Jacob’s projects are all moving ahead full …

The last frost? May 15, 2016

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It was a rainy and cold week on Blue Dasher Farm last week. Indeed, the frost on Friday morning reassured me that maybe it was a good thing that I hadn’t planted any crops yet. The weather notwithstanding, we accomplished a lot this week. Last weekend, we successfully harnessed “Man’s red flower” (…to quote King Louie). Before we could plant …

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The first breath of spring at Blue Dasher: May 6, 2016

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Well, the lab is growing piece by piece with a lot of hard work. On many occasions this week, we have countered our fears associated with new and risky experiences with education and support from our friends and family. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people surrounding us. It was another busy week. I guess the biggest news for …

Farmers: The Most Important 1%

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Author: Michael Bredeson, PhD student Department of Natural Resources Management, South Dakota State University Ecdysis Foundation Blue Dasher Farm A mere 1% of our nation’s population are farmers, and this small percentage isn’t expected to grow anytime soon. In the five years between 2007 and 2012 the number of “new farmers” (those who had been operating for less than 5 …

Endangered Insects: The American Burying Beetle

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Blog Post Author: Claire LaCanne, Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University You might not want to cuddle a cockroach, photograph an ant, or hug a dung beetle. You might think bugs are rather creepy. But, we have good reason to regard insects with love, affection, or at the very least, gratitude. There are plenty of insects that are endangered that …