By Angela Rieck-Hinz–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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.
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will offer Agronomy in the Field for Women for the fifth year in a row at several locations across Iowa. Agronomy in the Field works 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 a spouse, farming partner, ag retailer, or tenant. ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz, Meaghan Anderson, and Rebecca Vittetoe will host the program with help from guest speakers on a variety of important topics.
Agronomy in the Field distance-learning sessions will continue monthly December through April. Sessions will start at 6:00 pm and typically last until 7:30 pm. ISU Extension and Outreach will provide these sessions through a web-conferencing program so women can join online from the comfort of their own home or participate in a watch party offered at several local county extension offices across the state. Contact [email protected] to find out which county offices will host these sessions. “It can be hard to travel in the fall and winter months with harvest season and weather challenges, so using web-conferencing technology allows women across the state to still be a part of the program, even if they are unable to physically be in the same location,” said Rieck-Hinz.
ISU Extension and Outreach will record each session so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they cannot join the live sessions.
ISU Extension and Outreach will provide site-specific details and locations soon. Any interested women landowners, farmers, and service providers who would like to participate should contact Rieck-Hinz, Anderson, or Vittetoe at [email protected], to receive access to web-conferencing and resource materials for this free program. Those interested can find information and upcoming dates on the Integrated Crop Management website, https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/upcoming-events.
Agronomy in the Field for Women Sessions, Dates, and Topics:
- December 17th (Archived) – Farming for Bushels or Profitability?
- January 14th – Alternative Crops and Markets
- February 18th – Growing Season Weather Outlook and Weather Resources
- March 17th – Planning for Successful Implementation of Herbicide Program Resources
- April 7th – Early Season Scouting Tips and Tricks