Nicollet & Sibley County Ag News

March 2022

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Your Ag Educator- Notes from Emma Severns

Welcome to March!

There are a good number of activities and educational opportunities being offered in the upcoming weeks so take advantage of those. It has been a pleasure to see so many community members at the various events this past month. We trained 70 pesticide applicators, recertified 18 cattle producers in beef quality assurance and explored alternative business strategies outside the dairy with 80 women at out Women in Dairy event. I am grateful for everyone who helped assist and support these programs. Hope to see some of you at our upcoming events. Make sure to stay connected with Nicollet/Sibley Extension on our Facebook page. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions for programs.

Be well,


Extension Events

2022 Crop Management Update

Friday, March 4th, 9am-12pm

540 7th Street

Lafayette, MN

Corn and Soybean growers are invited to attend the 2022 Crop Management

Update. University researchers and Extension Educators will discuss

management considerations for the 2022 growing season.

Topics include:

- Nutrient Management Considerations: Improving Fertilizer ROI in 2022

- Insect Pest Management: Corn rootworms and aphid/mite management without


- Weed management: Weed control strategies, resistance, trial results

- Soil and Water Conservation District and MN Soybean Updates

Event is free to attend. RSVP is requested for a meal count. RSVP online or contact Emma Severns at 507-934-7828 or Walk-ins are welcome.

Register at:

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Dairy Producer Night Out

Tuesday, March 15th, 8-9:30pm

206 Main Street North

Winthrop, MN

Come enjoy an evening of networking and learning with other dairy farmers! At this interactive session, our panelists will share their insight and answer your questions on best management practices for calf and heifer care.


- Brad Heins, UMN Extension

-Bob Rehbein, United Farmers Coop

-Rachelle Krienke, Prairie Dairy

Event is free to attend! Light meal provided. Pre-registration is requested. RSVP by calling the Sibley County Extension Office at 507-237-4100 or email by March 8th.

Register online at:

University Resources for You

AGRI Livestock Investment Grant

The Minnesota Department of Ag announces the spring round of The AGRI Livestock Investment Grant. The AGRI Grant encourages long-term industry development for Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers by helping them improve, update, and modernize their livestock operation infrastructure and equipment.

  • Reimburse 10% of the first $250,000 of an eligible investment.
  • For each project, the maximum grant amount available per fiscal year is $25,000.
  • Only one grant per project.

Application is due April 5, 2022

Information and Application

UMN Soil Testing Laboratory

The Soil Testing Laboratory is part of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources.

Soil testing takes the guesswork out of fertilizer recommendations, ensures fertile soil without pollution of the environment, and makes good economic sense. Our recommendations are based on laboratory results, soil characteristics, crop history, crop nutrient requirements and are specific to Minnesota locations and conditions.

Please email us at, or call 612-625-3101 for more information. (Email messages often result in the fastest response.)

Farm Information Line

Contact the Farm Information Line for reliable, research-based answers from Extension agriculture and natural resources experts. It is a statewide service backed by a network of local educators, so you'll get information to meet your needs.

Call: 1-800-232-9077

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