Sand Plain Research Farm

SPRF field with irrigation equipment


A New Chapter: Sand Plain Research Farm

April 15, 2024

On April 5, the U of M's Sand Plan Research Farm (SPRF) near Monticello hosted supporters for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new building. The SPRF is leased from and in cooperation with Xcel Energy with the primary mission to conduct research on agronomic and horticultural crops under both irrigated and non-irrigated conditions.

Irrigation Field Day August 10, 2023

June 20, 2023

University of Minnesota Extension invites you to a free field day at the Sand Plain Research Farm (SPRF) in Big Lake on Thursday, August 10th from 4pm to 7pm. The field day will highlight U of M research on advanced irrigation and nutrient management practices, and includes a complimentary dinner.

RSVPs are requested and can be found at

Home Field Advantage

November 1, 2022

East African immigrant farmers grow culturally relevant crops in Minnesota; U of M researchers share agricultural management expertise.