Field Agronomists Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

New agronomists will serve Iowans in northwestern and south-central regions

July 13, 2021, 10:48 am | Clarabell Knapp, Gentry Sorenson

AMES, Iowa – The two newest field agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach both come from a farming background that includes years of experience helping other farmers.

Clarabell Knapp, field agronomist for region 11 in south central and south eastern Iowa, began June 7; and Gentry Sorenson, field agronomist for region two in northwest Iowa, began July 6.

Clarabell Knapp.Knapp earned her bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State in 2020 and spent the past couple years working for Helena Agri-Enterprises as a sales representative.

She said the opportunity to work for ISU Extension and Outreach is basically a dream job – one where she gets to interact with other farmers and help them find meaningful solutions.

“I always wanted to be in a support role to crop growers,” she said. “I love meeting people and see how different people do different things. What better way to constantly learn than to be in an extension program where you get to meet people and share resources.”

Knapp grew up on her family’s farm south of Bloomfield, Iowa, where she and her sisters raised club lambs, and were involved with the row crop and cow-calf operation.

Sorenson grew up in Hancock County on his family’s corn and soybean farm near Crystal Lake. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies at Iowa State in 1997, with a minor in agronomy.

He earned a master’s degree in professional agriculture from Iowa State in 2018.

He spent 10 years with DuPont Pioneer (Corteva Agriscience) as a crop research associate and most recently was an agronomist for Landus Cooperative.

Gentry Sorenson.“I really have a passion for helping people and I really love agronomy and transferring that information on to people who are looking for that information,” he said.

Eleven field agronomists serve Iowa across 11 regions, and 24 state specialists answer questions and provide agronomic information statewide.

Erin Hodgson, the crops team leader and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State, said she is pleased to welcome both agronomists.

“I am so excited to have two new field agronomists serving in Iowa,” she said. “Clarabell and Gentry have extensive experience in agriculture, and will be great assets to our crops team. They are working hard to meet stakeholders and are ready to serve in their regions.”

Clarabell Knapp can be reached at 641-664-2730 or caknapp@iastate.edu. Gentry Sorenson is available at 641-430-6715 or gentrys@iastate.edu.

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