Nicollet & Sibley County Ag News

July 2022

University of Minnesota Extension
Native bee feeding from Butterfly Milkweed- The Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College
Native bee on Butterfly Milkweed at the Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College

Your Ag Educator- Notes from Emma Severns

During hot temperatures like those we’ve endured this last week, we are all about the safety of our plants: shade, water, protection. But gardeners need to care for themselves as well. Make sure you are wearing sunscreen when out in the sun. Try to garden before 10am and after 2pm to avoid the most intense sun. Hydrate by drinking plain water. Wear a hat that shades your head, neck and face.

Thanks to those who attended the Tree Care Workshop this week! It was so nice to get together to learn about proper management techniques to keep trees alive and healthy. If you have any tree questions, feel free to reach out to me.



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Hot Topics in Agriculture

2021 Agricultural Drought Relief Program Application Due July 6 at 5pm.

Minnesota livestock farmers and specialty crop producers can now apply for up to $7,500 per farm in reimbursement for expenses incurred due to last year’s drought, through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2021 Agricultural Drought Relief Program (ADRoP). Applications are due by July 6, 2022, at 5:00 pm Central Time. We will accept only one application per farm. More information, including the application, is available on the MDA’s drought relief page. Farm operators can email or call the Grants Line at 651-201-6500 with any questions.

University Resources for You

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

Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Afterhours: Leave a voicemail and we'll return your call the next business day.
Anytime: Email us at

Horticulture/Gardening Questions

For answers to your horticulture or gardening questions, call 218-733-2870 and press 2 to leave a message on our help line. Please leave a detailed message with your name and contact information, and one of our educators will contact you with answers!

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