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 …

Insects as the Solution Instead of the Problem

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Many people’s innate opinion is that the only good bug is a dead bug. When an insect is out of place, we stomp, spray, scratch, swat, flick, plow, cut, and smash to regain control of the situation. After all, entomologists count thousands of species of insects that can be regarded as pests. Although inherently impossible to know for sure, two numbers I have seen kicked around by experts note 3,500-15,000 insect species worldwide that may be considered pests by humans 2,3. These insects eat our food, destroy our homes and yards, bite our children in the night, get into our cupboards, transmit diseases, etc. Indeed, insects have killed more soldiers than any bullets or bombs; they have literally turned the tides of war 5.

Thousands of species of pest insects! We need to kill all of these insects before it is too late, right?

Wrong. Potentially dead wrong.