By Angie Rieck-Hinz
Agronomy in the Field is a series of workshops for women designed to improve agronomic skills and increase knowledge for decision-making. This program is being offered in three locations in 2016. The original North Central co-hort will continue to meet once a month at the Northern Iowa Research Farm near Kanawha in Hancock County. The Central co-hort is new and will meet twice a month at the Smeltzer Iowa Learning farm in central Iowa near Otho in Webster County. The Southeast co-hort is also new and will meet twice a month at the Southeast Research Farm near Crawfordsville in Washington County.
The co-horts will start meeting in late April or early May depending on when corn planting starts. There is no cost to participate in these groups, nor do you have to attend every session. A follow-up/recap email newsletter will be sent following each meeting to review what we talked about and also update those unable to participate.
If you are interested in participating in the Kanawha or Otho co-hort, please contact Angie Rieck-Hinz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-231-2830 to be placed on a contact list. If you are interested in participating in the Crawfordsville co-hort, please contact Rebecca Vittetoe at email@example.com or 319-653-4811; or Meaghan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-337-2145.
The goals of the Agronomy in the Field team are to provide women opportunities to learn about:
- Crop staging and introductory crop physiology
- Effective methods of crop scouting
- Pest ID and management (weeds, insects, diseases)
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Nutrient management and other crop-related subjects of the group’s interest
- In-season weather events and their impact on crops
- Tools and resources to help make farm decisions
The 2016 Agronomy in the Field workshops for women are led by a team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomists, Meaghan Anderson, Angie Rieck-Hinz and Rebecca Vittetoe.