Agronomy in the Field Offered for Local Women in Agriculture

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field.

Agronomy in the Field for women is in its fifth year and has been offered at several locations across the state. The goals of Agronomy in the Field are to strengthen agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of inputs for crop production, see and understand different conservation practices and increase confidence in communication with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.  Programs are hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz, Meaghan Anderson and Rebecca Vittetoe, with help from guest speakers on a variety of important topics.

Distance learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field will be offered monthly November through April.  Sessions will start at 6 p.m. and will typically last until 7:30 p.m. These sessions will be provided through a web-conferencing program, so women can join online from the comfort of their own home.  Delaware County will also host a live watch party at the ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County Office in Manchester for women who may be interested   All sessions will be recorded so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions.

The sessions that will be offered this fall and winter are as follows:

  • Nov. 19 Crop marketing
  • Dec. 17 Farming for bushels or profitability?
  • Jan. 14 Alternative Crops and Markets
  • Feb. 18 Growing season weather outlook and weather resources
  • March 17 Planning for successful implementation of a herbicide program resources
  • April 7 Early season scouting tips and tricks

Any interested women landowners, farmers and service providers who would like to participate in upcoming sessions from their home via ZOOM, or at the Extension Office, should contact Delaware County at 563-927-4201 or jadeh@iastate.edu  for additional details and to get signed up today. There is no cost to participate in these sessions.