Adopt A Farmer

Fourth grade classrooms across the state have the chance to "adopt" a farmer for the school year. Our farmers then send the classroom monthly video updates about what is going on at the farm that month. The farmer also visits the classroom at least once during the school year. For more information or to register your class to "adopt" a farmer email  

Adam Mohrhauser May 2022

May 16, 2022
Discussion Topic: It may be a slow start to planting season this year, but now it is in full swing. Check out this short video for more information about corn. Why is it important for the soil temperature to be just right to plant corn? Adam talks…

Adam Krause - May 2022

May 3, 2022
Adam Krause – May 2022 Adam talks about their new corn dryer.   Discussion Topic: Why is it necessary to dry the harvested corn and soybeans before storage?  It is necessary to dry the harvested grains because the grains contain moisture. The…

DJ Buseman - May 2022

May 3, 2022
DJ Buseman – May 2022 DJ shows us the technology he uses when planting corn.     Discussion Topic: Did you know it takes about 12 weeks for the corn plant to grow? Check out this short video for more information about corn. Also, when DJ and Danya…

Riley Boadwine - April

April 9, 2022
Riley Boadwine – April 2022 Riley talks about the feed the cows eat. He shows us some of the ingredients for the cows TMR (Total Mixed Ration).   Discussion Topic: Did you notice that the cows are not afraid of the big noisy tractor? Why do you…

Clint Brandlee - April

April 5, 2022
Clint Brandlee – April 2022 Springtime on the farm… calving season! Clint shows us some newborn calves and how they keep track of them on the farm. Discussion Topic: Clint talks about using a Radio Frequency Identification tag.  Check out this…

DJ Buseman - April

March 29, 2022
DJ Buseman – April 2022 DJ saddles up his horse and moves some cattle. He also shows us how he tags the newborn calves.   Discussion Topic: In the video, DJ talks about using a bridle and saddle for his horse, Goose, before he gets on to ride. …

Adam Krause - March 2022

February 27, 2022
Adam Krause – March 2022 Adam answers some questions from the students and shows us how he cleans the barn in between groups of pigs.   Discussion Topic: Why does Adam need to clean the room in the barn in between groups of pigs? Check out this…

Riley Boadwine - March 2022

February 27, 2022
Riley Boadwine – March 2022 Riley shows us the milking parlor, introduces us to a curious cow, and shows us the milk storage tanks. Discussion Topic: Riley said that cows are curious animals. How do you think you should act if you are ever near a…

Riley Boadwine - February 2022

February 6, 2022
Riley Boadwine – February 2022 Riley talks about bedding for the cows. Did you know they lay in sand? He also shows us how they can recycle the sand.   Discussion Topic: Riley said that the cows need four hours of sleep, but they should also lay…

Adam Krause - February 2022

February 6, 2022
Adam Krause – February2022 Adam talks about legislators and advocacy for agriculture. He also helps load pigs to go to market.   Discussion Topic: Adam talks about going to Pierre and talking with legislators. Who are the legislators and what are…

Clint Brandlee - February

February 6, 2022
Clint Brandlee – February2022 Clint talks about how they care for the cows and calves in the wintertime. He also takes us to the sale barn when the calf crop is sold and shows us the farm shop.   Discussion topic: Clint talks about caring for the…

Doug Sieck - February 2022

February 1, 2022
Doug Sieck – February2022 Doug shows us how the cows can graze corn from a filed that was damaged by hail.   Discussion Topic: Doug talked about different things that his cows eat throughout the year. They are commonly eating grass from the…

DJ Buseman - February 2022

February 1, 2022
DJ Buseman – February2022 DJ and Danya show us how they prepare for lambing by shearing the sheep.  Discussion Topic: South Dakota is the 6th largest producer of lamb and wool in the United States. Why do you think that South Dakota is a good place…

Riley Boadwine - January

January 11, 2022
Riley Boadwine – January 2022 Riley shows us a newborn calf in the maternity area. Then we go to the calf barn to learn more about how the calves are cared for. Discussion: Based on the information that Riley shared, do you think it’s more…

Adam Mohrhauser - January

January 11, 2022
Adam Mohrhauser – January 2022 Today Adam shows us how he makes feed for the cows and some of the ingredients that he uses in the feed ration. Discussion: Corn Silage is the entire corn plant chopped up and fermented.  This is kind of like turning…

Adam Krause - January

January 3, 2022
Adam Krause – January 2022 Today Adam is loading oats into the semi and taking them to his brother's seed cleaning business.   Discussion Topic: Adam shows us how farmers use technology, by showing us the yield maps on his iPad. How many years do…

Adam Krause - December

December 2, 2021
Adam Krause – December 2021 New pigs arrive at Adam’s nursery barn. Adam also has some visitors on the farm and he talks about other jobs within pig farming. Math Problem: At 21 days of age, each pig needs 3 square feet of space, can you determine…

DJ Buseman - December

November 30, 2021
DJ Buseman – December 2021 DJ and Danya move a group of cows between fields so the cows have plenty to eat. Last month, did you discuss why the cows get excited when the see the feed truck? This an example of a Conditioned Response. The cows…

Adam Mohrhauser - December 2021

November 29, 2021
Adam Mohrhauser – December 2021 Adam talks about how he prepares the fields in the fall for next year’s crop. He also shares about the cattle grazing cornstalks and cover crops. Here is a short video describing more about what an agronomist does.…

Riley Boadwine - December 2021

November 29, 2021
Riley Boadwine – December 2021 Riley shares how the dairy cows eat foods that we can’t eat and turn them into protein, while also creating fertilizer (manure) for crops. Dairy farms can build a methane digester to capture the gasses produced by…

DJ and Danya Buseman

November 1, 2021
DJ and Danya Buseman – November 21 Introduction The Buseman’s show us how they feed the cattle on their farm. Additional Resources: DJ talked about Earlage, which is how they harvest and store the corn to feed the cattle. When the corn is…

Adam Mohrhauser - November 2021

October 28, 2021
Adam Mohrhauser – November 2021   In this video, Adam shares about his farm. He also talks about corn harvest and takes us for a ride in the combine.   Activity: Go outside and measure a space that is 206 feet by 206 feet to visualize the size of…

Riley Boadwine - November 2021

October 28, 2021
Riley Boadwine – November 2021 Riley gives us an overview of the dairy farm from the young claves to the milking parlor. Discussion Topic: Riley shared that his family raises Holstein cattle, which are dairy cows. What are characteristics that…

Adam Krause

October 28, 2021
Adam Krause – November 2021 Adam talks about farming with his family and raising pigs. He also takes us for a ride in the tractor and grain cart during corn harvest. Discussion Topic: Name products in your school or home that have corn in it? …

Clint Brandlee - November 2021

October 28, 2021
Clint Brandlee – November 21 Introduction Farming happens all year long. Clint shares about taking cattle to the pasture in the spring of the year and how they move cows to different pastures so the grass stays healthy. Hay, soybeans and corn are…

Doug Sieck November 2021

October 27, 2021
Doug Sieck November 2021   Doug shares about his families Deep Root Ranch. He talks about raising crops and cattle and how he moves the cows to ensure the grass is healthy.   Math Problems: Doug has 230 cows in the pasture, each cow drinks…

Doug Sieck April - feeding cows

April 5, 2021
Doug Sieck feeding corn to cows

MoDak Dairy - Milking the Cows

March 1, 2021
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Doug Sieck Corn Harvest

January 3, 2021
Doug Sieck – December 21 – Corn Harvest In this video, Doug talks about corn harvest and takes us for a ride in the combine. Listen closely and you will hear Doug give you some math problems to work through. Activity: Go outside and measure a space…
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