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AGRICULTURE

Agronomy class for women set May 22 near Bloomfield

May 15, 2018
ELYSSA McFARLAND/Courtesy photo Women learn about corn plant spacing and planting depth at an Agronomy in the Field session. The second session of Agronomy in the Field will focus on corn and soybean growth and development.

Agronomy in the Field is a multisession and hands-on workshop being offered to women landowners, farmers, conservationists and other women who are interested in learning more about agronomy. This series of workshops is being held monthly at local farms in Davis County during the 2018 growing season.

The second session for Agronomy in the Field is set for 5-6:30 p.m. May 22. The session will focus on corn and soybean growth and development. The session will be held at a field south of Bloomfield at 27781 Nuthatch Ave.

“Topics to be covered during our second session of Agronomy in the Field range from planting and germination and emergence to staging corn and soybeans and potential early season issues,” said Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU Extension field agronomist. “It will be a very hands-on and interactive session, so come prepare to get your hands a little dirty.”

The first Agronomy in the Field session was April 10 and focused on spring cover crop management. Women who attended had the opportunity to learn about benefits and potential challenges of integrating cover crops into a farming operation, the grazing potential of cover crops, and how to manage cover crops in the spring, which included discussing termination methods.

The goals of the Agronomy in the Field series are 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 spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.

Sessions are designed to be hands-on and conducted in the field to see real-time conditions. Each session will be approximately one hour to 1.5 hours long; women do not need to commit for the entire season to attend.

There is no charge for the series, but register for each session by contacting Vittetoe at rka8@iastate.edu or 319-653-4811 or Cecil Reed at cecil.reed@plantpioneer.com or 641-208-6890. Directions to the site are available.

Nora Knapp and Cecil Reed are hosting the second session of Agronomy in the Field.

Agronomy in the Field is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, Davis County Extension and NexGen Ag Solutions LLC.

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