Agronomy in the Field Classes for Women to be Held at FEEL

Sessions will run throughout the summer to strengthen agronomic skills for women.


soybeanfieldAMES, Iowa – Agronomy in the Field is a multi-session workshop being offered to women landowners, farmers, conservationists and other women who are interested in learning more about agronomy. This series of workshops will be held every other week at Iowa State’s Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Boone, 1928 240th St., Boone.

The first session will be held on April 25 from 5:30-7 p.m., covering soil conditions, corn planting and early-season crop growth and development. Sessions will continue every other week until September.

The goal of Agronomy in the Field is to strengthen agronomic skills for women to allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of inputs for crop production, to see and understand different conservation practices and increase confidence in their communications with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.  

“We plan to cover topics on planting conditions, crop growth and development, replant considerations, weed, disease and insect identification, pest management principles, scouting techniques, water quality, soil health and additional practices and topics as they come up,” said Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  

This series is designed to be hands-on and is conducted in the field to show real-time conditions. Each session will be approximately 90 minutes; attendees do not need to commit for the entire season to attend.

There is no charge for this series, but please register by contacting Rieck-Hinz at amrieck@iastate.edu or 515-231-2830.

Agronomy in the Field is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach in cooperation with NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Project ONC17-031. Local support is provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Boone and Story county offices.