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  

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 - November 2021

November 29, 2021
Adam Mohrhauser – November 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 - October 2022

October 28, 2021
Adam Mohrhauser – October 2022   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…

Heidi Zwinger, January 2019

January 17, 2019 

Greg Moes, November 2018

November 13, 2018
Update on the farm and calves for November!

Lyle Perman November 2018

November 7, 2018
November Video

Clint Brandlee November 2018

November 5, 2018
November Video

Doug Sieck, October 2018

October 10, 2018
Doug introduces us to Deep Root Ranch and takes us along as he is baling.  October Video   Discussion: What does conservation mean?  How can we care for the soil and the environment?   Content Standard & Question: 4.OA Use the four…

Lyle Perman, October 2018

October 10, 2018
Introduction to Rock Hills Ranch! Conservation Award Discussion: What does conservation mean?   Content Standard & Question: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support…

Greg Moes, October 2018

October 10, 2018
Watertown Video Calf 16001 Video of calf being born *If you aren't comfortable showing video of the calf being born, please skip to minute 3 or 4.    Clear Lake Video Calf 16003 Video of calf being born  *If you aren't comfortable showing video…

Noemi Vargas Adopt A Farmer October 2018

October 10, 2018
Noemi Introduces Boadwine Farms Teacher Resource: Measuring land area on google earth.  You could use this resource to measure how many acres your school sits on!   Discussion Question: How big is an acre?  Do you…

Bruce Burkhart October 2018

October 10, 2018
Bruce Burkhart shows us his fall calves and the barn that keeps them warm. Discussion Question: Bruce talked about the ration he feeds his cattle to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need. What are things that…

Clint Brandlee October 2018

October 10, 2018
Welcome to the Brandlee Farm! October Video Discussion: Clint mentioned that his great-grandparents homesteaded the land in the early 186.  What is a homestead? What possible challenges would a person homesteading face?   Content Standard &…

Doug Sieck May Adopt-A-Farmer Video

May 14, 2018
  Video: -      Core content standard questions: Use and interpret multiplicative equations4.OA.1 Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times…