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Women Complete Management Course

By Staff | May 2, 2017

WOMEN MANAGING CROPS -- Local women completed Women Managing Crops held by ISU Extension and Outreach in Emmet and Palo Alto Counties. Participants pictured are Laura Winter, Cynthia Kassel, Crystal Clabaugh, Maria Steier, Kathy Graves, Jenn Hurley, and Sue Haack (standing, from the left); and Debbie Kress, Jodie Greig, Aletha King, Kim Hoffman, and Sharon Strough (seated). --submitted photo

ESTHERVILLE Fourteen women successfully completed the four week course, Women Managing Crops that was offered this spring in Graettinger by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This course was designed for women of all ages and experience levels who wanted to learn about key agronomic decisions for corn and soybean production. The sessions took a seasonal approach and covered decision making considerations for pre-planting, the growing phase and harvest. At the end of the four week course, participants stated they knew more about seed selection, spring and fall tillage practices, crop insurance, nutrient management, field scouting, cover crops, storage and drying, and harvesting practices.

This program was held on Tuesdays from March 21 through April 11 at Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Graettinger.

Women own 47% of Iowa farmland. Whether these landowners farm the acres themselves, or lease out their land to other farmers, they are taking on increasing managerial roles. Other women are not land owners, but find themselves taking on many crop production roles. Still other women in rural Iowa just want to learn more about typical agronomic production and Iowa’s soil and water.

To learn about upcoming Women in Agriculture programs, contact Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Emmet County at (712) 362-3434 or email Britney Rosburg at britneyr@iastate.edu or contact Palo Alto County Extension and Outreach at (712) 852-2865 or email Angie Strohman at angies@iastate.edu.