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Chamberlain, SD 57325
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Despite Decrease, Area Holds SD’s Top Pheasant Count SD Game, Fish and Parks Reports
in 2009, and this peek as we go into fall tells us that hunters can look forward to some great opportunities in the coming pheasant season,” said Game Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk. In 2009, South Dakota’s official pheasant population estimate was 8.4 million, and hunters averaged 9.9 roosters each for a total season harvest of more than 1.6 million. Every year from late July through mid-August, GFP personnel survey 110 established routes scattered across the state to estimate pheasant production and calculate a pheasants-permile index. The survey is not a population estimate, but
Pheasant population numbers across South Dakota are up slightly, though the Chamberlain area shows a 12 percent decrease last year. However, the Chamberlain area still holds the highest pheasants per mile (PPM) count for another year in South Dakota. This year, area counts are at 17 PPM, a decrease from 2009 count of 19.26. The Game, Fish and Parks Department completed its annual pheasant brood survey in mid-August and tallied a statewide PPM count that is up about 3 percent from last year. “We had a very good year
rather compares the number of pheasants seen on the routes and establishes trend information. “We’ve had a roller coaster ride of weather conditions over the past year,” Vonk said. “Pheasant numbers will be down in a few areas, but they held strong in many other areas because of excellent reproduction in parts of the state where we have good habitat conditions.” Survey routes are grouped into 13 areas, based on a local city, and the index value of each local city area is then compared to index values of the previous year and the 10year average. The 2010 statewide pheasants-per-mile average
is 6.45, compared to the 2009 average of 6.26 and the 10year average of 5.71. “Our goal has been to increase quality hunting areas that are open to the public. South Dakota has worked intensely with private landowners and other conservation partners to promote habitat programs,” Vonk said. “Statewide Conservation Reserve Program acres have slipped to slightly more than one million acres, but there is encouraging news. Landowner interest in the program remains high.” The state’s regular pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 16 and runs through Jan. 2. For more information, visit www.sdgfp.info.
2010 Pheasant Brood Survey Results by Area City Area Chamberlain
Pheasants per mile Difference of (PPM) 2010 PPM with 2010
NOTE: Comparisons are valid only between years within each local area.
PHARMCO Program Helps Youth Enter Beef Industry Erin Walti/Sun Local farm kids who wanted to try their hand at raising cattle received a hand up this year when PHARMCO decided to work with and loan money to help kids buy dairy-cross calves to work with over the summer. The idea for the program started in March, when PHARMCO employee Dawn Cable started talking with a feed representative that also helps with the local sheep program. The representative told Cable he had access to calves from California, and would like to help with a program where kids could raise cattle. PHARMCO
got behind the idea to offer kids a chance to start out in the beef industry and raise money for themselves. The plans for the program snowballed, and before she knew it, Cable had 50 head at the Ag Building in Pukwana waiting to be rationed out to 10 local kids [ranging from 8-19 years old] for the summer. The calves had to be quarantined for 10 days before entering the population, after which the kids drew out of a hat for their calves. “It was the fairest way, especially if they wanted to show [the calves],” said Cable. See Pharmco, page 3
CHS Fall Sports Underway Chamberlain cross country athletes Anna Byers and Maci Burke run in Mitchell’s meet on Saturday. Boys’ golf is now into their third meet. Volleyball has two games in for the season now, and football opens at home on Friday night. For more CHS sports, see page 8. Submitted Photo/Garry Winters
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Growing for Good Werner Truck Farm Focuses on Good Food, Family Tradition
Jessica Giard/Sun Mark Werner asks, “Sugar Baby?” and his customer perks -“Yes,” she says. She follows him as he selects a round, dark green watermelon just larger than a bowling ball - and full of sweet juicy, red flesh - from the bed of a pick-up to fill her order at the Chamberlain Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning. Sugar Baby and other tasty names like Sweet Dakota Rose, Black Russian, Pink Lady and Green Zebra are familiar to customers to the Werner Family Farms booth at the weekly market. These names describe a small slice of the produce – watermelon and tomatoes, in this case - grown at the family’s farm overlooking the confluence of the White and Missouri rivers, south of Oacoma. “Two of my great grandpas were melon growers,” said Matt Werner, 33, who is leading the relatively new truck farm with two of his three brothers – Brett, 30, and Mark, 25 (oldest brother Wyatt lives in Las Vegas). They are the grandsons of the late Alvin and Edith Werner and sons of Oacoma native and CHS graduate Hal Werner.
Alvin’s father Ed operated a store in Lower Brule, where he sold his homegrown melons. Edith’s father, Lloyd Harless from the Hamill, SD,area also grew melons. Alvin began ranching on the river bottom near the White River in
and thin rind, which made it less than suitable for commercial production and shipping, though popular with home gardeners. This summer marks the first season the small-scale farmers are offering their harvest for sale. In mid-July, they joined the Chamberlain We’d be fourth generation growers.” Farmer’s Market with their unique and - Matt Werner, on growing melons on heirloom tomatoes, the family farm south of Oacoma peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, a variety 1946, then moved to higher land near of melons, zucchini and herbs, as Oacoma after the dam construction in well as baked goods from The Bent 1951. Spatula by their cousin Tracy (Vaad) “We’d be fourth generation Burkhard. growers,” said Matt, who will continue “We feel like it’s been a good the heritage by cultivating heirloom market test,” said Matt. melons for saving seeds, as well. Now into their second year Matt said, at the Chamberlain of growing on the family’s land market, people have shared stories of overlooking the Missouri River, Alvin selling melons at the Reliance they’ve focused time on growing market. Today, the farm grows a varying types of produce. type that Alvin did in the 1940s-50s The two and half acres of plots - Kleckley’s Sweet Watermelon. are home to at least 10 varieties of The variety, also known as Monte tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, Cristo Watermelon, was developed green beans, sweet corn, eggplant, by its namesake W.A. Kleckley of zucchini, squash and gourds, Alabama in the 1880s. The dark green pumpkins and 19 types of melons like melon grows to 25-40 pounds and is known for its sweet, red juicy flesh See Family FArm, page 2
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Brothers Matt and Mark Werner stand in a patch of pumpkins, zucchini and melons overlooking the Missouri River on the family’s land south of Oacoma. Werner Family Farms is now a regular at the Chamberlain Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
• All State, County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers will be closed Aug. 30-Sept. 1 for mandatory annual training and testing in Pierre. • Sanford Sports Injury Clinics - Saturdays from Sept. 4 – Oct. 23, 10am-1pm, Physical Medicine Department at Sanford Medical Center Chamberlain, cost is free. • Biblical Speaker Pastor Scott Caudill will be at Calvary Baptist Church Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at 7 pm. • The Bijou Hills Union Cemetery annual fall clean-up time will be held on September 18th at 4:00 p.m. Please bring your weedeater and anything else necessary to help maintain the cemetery. Rain date: Please call 726-3146.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1
• Kiwanis Club - Noon, Anchor Grille. • AA/NA Meeting - 7 pm, Ag Building.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 3
• Cedar Shore End of Summer Celebration – Miller Foster Band, 6-10 pm. • Annual Booster Club Feed - Hamburgers and hot dogs, 5:30 PM, Grieg Field.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 4
• Chamberlain Farmers Market – 8 am-12 pm, Chamberlain City Offices. • Cedar Shore End of Summer Celebration – Family Cup from 10 am-2 pm, Booze Bros. Band from 6-10 pm.
MONDAY, SEPT. 6
• Sun Office Closed for Labor Day. • Avera Community Clinic Closed for Labor Day. • Summer Trap League – 7 pm, Chamberlain/Oacoma Gun Club.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 7
• Card Shower – Don Hloucha’s 80th Brithday. See details on pg. 6. • Brule County Commission - 9:30 am, Brule County Courthouse. • Colorado Peaches – 1:30-5:30 pm, West 40 in Oacoma. • AA Meeting - 8 pm, St. James Parish Hall. • Chamberlain City Commission - 7 pm, Chamberlain City Offices.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8
• Kiwanis Club - Noon, Anchor Grille. • Regional Growers Session – 9:30 am-12 pm or 4-6 pm, 14 miles south of Mt. Vernon.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 9
• AA/NA Meeting - 7 pm, Ag Building. • Oacoma Town Board - 7 pm, Oacoma Community Center. • Riverside Quilters – 6-10 pm, Masonic Lodge.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 11
• Chamberlain Farmers Market – 8 am-12 pm, Chamberlain City Offices. • Brule County Farm Bureau Potluck Meeting – 6:30 pm, Brule Co. Insurance Office. • Crazy Racers – 8 pm, Pukwana.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12
• Open House – 40th Anniversary for LeRoy & Sharon Ellis, 1-4 pm, Charly’s. • Pie & Ice Cream Social – 5:30-7:30 pm, St. Olaf Church.
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Family Farm, From Page 1
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watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. Matt said, “It’s more experimental this year” of their variety of produce. With tomatoes, their focus has been on heirloom and unique varieties – like the Black Russian, a deep red tomato with meaty, rich flesh, and the Green Zebra, which aunt Louan Vaad called the best tasting tomato she’s ever had, a smooth and tangy green tomato. “We’re looking to have a superior product,” he said. “It’s tricky as a beginner to run multiple varieties of tomatoes.” He noted challenges cropping up in differences in maturity, handling methods and general cultivation between the varieties. With Matt’s focus on preserving heirloom melons, they also cultivate two additional melon patches at least a quarter-mile from the main patch, just to keep melon stock pure. Separating the plots reduces the chance of cross-pollination and ensures production of genetically pure seeds to carry over to future years. Overall, Mark said the main goal is providing good, healthy food. “From our perspective, fresh is better. It’s about health … health for the eater,” said Mark. Additionally, as a grower taking produce to market, he sees the farmers’ market as a community builder.
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“It makes a lot of sense,” he said, to build a connection between the farmer and the eater as a goal of their work. For next year, they look to build a CSA from the farm. That’s community supported agriculture (CSA), where customers buy advanced shares - or subscriptions - of the farm’s projected overall harvest. Throughout the growing season, customers regularly receive boxes of fresh produce, dependent on what’s ready to harvest. Mark is also working to establish a perennial herb garden and already tends to the annual herbs like lemon balm, Spilanthes (the ‘toothache plant’) and holy basil, or tulsi, which can be used medicinally. He said lemon balm and holy basil each make for a great herbal tea. In the perennial garden, they are establishing mint, with hopes to supply a specialty market for bars and restaurants, for drinks like
the recently popular Mojito. Matt shared a string of ideas – all centered on filling niche markets and providing unique products. He’s working to establish raspberries and similar berry types to someday supply to wineries, for example. The Werners plan to expand their offerings, add early season crops and utilize high tunnels – a simplified greenhouse – in future years. They already grow their plants from seed using an old, yellow school bus on the property as the home for the seed starting operation. “We want to do the whole process to understand the plant better,” said Matt. “Our approach is to be selfsufficient.” He admits that the approach is labor and skills intensive, but it helps them to better understand the plants’ intricacies by growing them from start to finish. Between the brothers and their father Hal, they have
the skills and background for the farming operation. Matt worked at an SDSU plant science lab throughout high school and is an avid gardener and reader, going through stacks of plant production books his parents regularly bring from the SDSU library. Mark is on the tail-end of his Master’s Degree in environmental history. Brett is a professor of environmental studies at Centre College in Danville, KY, where he was instrumental in starting a campus garden this last year. Hal is a retired irrigation specialist from SDSU, whose specialty was center pivot systems for the upper Midwest. To contact Werner Family Farms, email email@example.com or visit them at their booth at the Chamberlain Farmer’s Market, 8 am to Noon on Saturdays at American Creek Campground.
Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber of Commerce
2nd Annual Fall Festival Saturday, September 25 Open Air Flower Market 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Picket Fence Pumpkin Patch Pictures 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Shelly’s Photography Flea Market Starting at 9:00 a.m. Beside Oak by Amish Story Time 11:00 a.m. Cozard Memorial Library Fall Festival Hay Rides 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Main Street Indian Tacos 11:00 a.m. Masonic Lodge
Breast Cancer Awareness Booth 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Masonic Lodge *Wild Game Taste-off 12:00 p.m. while supplies last The Meeting Place Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Fall Fashion Show 1:00 p.m. Chelsea’s Boutique *Talent Contest Starting at 2:00 p.m. Masonic Lodge Comic Magician 7:00 p.m. National Guard Armory
Check out Crazy Day deals throughout the town
* We are still taking entries for the Wild Game Taste-Off and the the Talent Contest.
End of Summer
Come enjoy the last weekend on the deck.
Friday, Sept 3 rd
Miller - Foster Band 6pm-10pm
Saturday, Sept 4 th
FAMILY CUP 10am-2pm
Friends & families compete head to head in family style games.
Call to register your team!
Booze Brothers Band 6pm-10pm
Join us at the Outdoor Waterfront Grill & Tiki Bar Open 5pm to dusk
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Published on Sep 1, 2010
This issues features a story on the local Werner family, who is growing local produce on the generational family farm south of Oacoma, SD.