Agronomy in the Field


Agronomy in the Field is a multi-session hands-on workshop for women designed to provide opportunities to learn more about forage and crop production practices, conservation practices and water quality impacts to help strengthen decision-making on the farm and to increase the comfort level when talking to landowners, tenants, ag retailers, and farming partners.

Join us for our Winter/Spring ZOOM Sessions in 2023. All sessions are from NOON to 1 PM and will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing later.

Session Topics and Presenters:

  • January 9 | Lean and Mean Crop Production - Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension Field Agronomist
    The Lean and Mean presentation will set the tone for the 2023 crop production by looking at inputs versus return on investment. This session will help you: 1) identify aspects of total cost of production for potential cost savings; 2) develop strategies to effectively balance input costs and yield potential risk; and 3) examine reactive versus proactive management through scouting to control input costs.
  • February 20 | Interpreting Soil Test Results and Fertilizer Recommendations - Leah Ten Napel, Extension Field Agronomist
    Understanding soil fertility can help growers make the most informed decisions on their farms. This session will help you: 1) interpret results you receive from soil sampling and 2) learn how to apply that knowledge when making decisions on fertilizer inputs.
  • March 6 | Developing Successful Herbicide Plans - Meaghan Anderson, Extension Field Agronomist
    Developing an effective herbicide plan to manage weeds in our row crops is critical to achieving maximum crop yield and minimizing
    weeds-related headaches like resistance and increased production costs. This session will help you: 1) understand the basics of herbicide
    sites of action, 2) develop a sound strategy to manage problem weeds, and 3) identify non-herbicide tactics to aid in long-term weed
  • March 20 | Managing your Forages to Maximize Productivity - Clarabell Probasco and Rebecca Vittetoe, Extension Field Agronomists
    Proper forage management is a critical in maximizing forage productivity. The dry conditions in previous growing seasons have really taken its toll on forages across the state. This session will help you: 1) understand how to evaluate your forage stand 2) examine options for making improvements to increase forage productivey; and 3) discuss alternative forage options.
  • April 3 | Iowa Soil and Understanding CSR2 - Lee Burras, Morrill Professor, Agronomy, ISU
    It all starts with the soil. Better understand our Iowa soils with this session, which will examine three components of Iowa’s soils: (a) formation and natural distribution, (b) roles and properties important to plant growth, and (c) common approaches to “valuing” soils including CSR2. This session will help you: 1) recognize the 6 most important soil regions in Iowa, 2) understand the difference between mollisols and alfisols and 3) gain familiarity with how CSR2 is calculated.

Register for the Series
NO cost to participate. Register for one or all the sessions by going to: Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to join the sessions via ZOOM.

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