RUNNELLS, Iowa – Agronomy in the Field is a multi-session workshop offered to women landowners, farmers, conservationists and other women who are interested in learning more about agronomy.
This summer, a shortened series of the workshops will be held on three dates at the Metro Waste Authority Environmental Learning Center located at 11802 SE 6th Ave., Runnells. Workshops will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on June 4, June 18 and July 16.
The goals of the series are to strengthen agronomic skills for women, resulting in better decision-making and understanding of inputs for crop production, as well as increased knowledge of various conservation practices and confidence in communication with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.
“We plan to cover topics on crop growth and development, pest management principles, scouting techniques, cover crops and water quality, and additional practices and topics as they come up this spring and summer, said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “The group really leads the topic selection and discussion.”
The series is designed to be hands-on and conducted in the field to see real-time conditions. Each session will be approximately two hours long and interested women do not need to commit for all three sessions to attend.
There is no charge to participate, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. To RSVP contact Amanda Brown at Amanda.Brown@ia.nacdnet.net, or 515-964-1883 ext. 3. Participants can also receive more information by signing up for the Central Iowa Women in Ag email newsletter list at http://eepurl.com/gqrbSn, or by contacting Meaghan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 319-331-0058.
Agronomy in the Field is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach. Local support is provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County office and the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Photo: The Washington County cohort of Agronomy in the Field looks at plant spacing and corn planting depth in May 2016.