Nicollet & Sibley County Ag News

December 2021

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Your Ag Educator- Notes from Emma Severns

Welcome to December!

This time of year brings about many fun family traditions for me such as lefsa making, Christmas tree cutting, and holiday goodie baking. Spending time with my family is one of the things I cherish most during the holidays. I am excited to have many great opportunities for programs in the upcoming months. Visit our calendar of events to keep up to date with upcoming programs. As we enter into the holiday season, I wish you a season filled with warm moments and cherished memories. And as always, feel free to reach out with questions, concerns, and ideas for Extension programming.

Warm wishes!


Extension Events

Land Rent Workshop-Nicollet County

Friday, Dec. 10th, 9:30-11:30am

622 South Front Street

Saint Peter, MN

Farmland rental rates are the largest input cost the farmer has. Landlords, farmers, and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held across Minnesota and online.


  • Local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends
  • Current farmland values and sales
  • Determining a fair rental agreement
  • Input costs for 2021
  • Current 2021 corn and soybean prices
  • What is affordable rent?
  • Rate of return to the landlord at current market values
  • Flexible rental agreements


University of Minnesota Extension Ag Business Management educator David Bau

Cost and registration

The event is free to attend and pre-registration is not required.

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University Resources for You

Fall 2021 Tax Planning for Farmers

Most government payments to farmers and small businesses require inclusion as income on your annual federal or state tax return. The continued COVID-19 pandemic, summer 2021 natural disasters including hail and drought, and other governmental funding initiatives will result in some farms and small businesses having significant governmental income payments this year. Since most farmers are cash-basis tax filers, farmers may take advantage of several tax planning strategies to help maximize their after-tax income.

Successful fall tax planning requires that farmers maintain up-to-date farm accounting records to determine what strategies to implement. Click here to learn more.

New online course for manure management planning in Minnesota

Manure management planning - or accounting for how, when, and where you’ll apply all of the manure generated on your farm every year - is an important aspect of livestock production. There are often rules associated with manure management planning, depending on the state where you farm. In Minnesota, the Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has created a Manure Management Planner (MMP) spreadsheet tool to help you create your plan while meeting state guidelines. We recently created an online course to help folks learn how to use the planner while also learning more about the science behind manure management!

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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