Women Managing Crops

February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, 2022 | Nora Springs, Iowa

A four-session course focusing on crop production decisions.

What is the Women Managing Crops course?

Women own 47% of Iowa farmland (Duffy 2012.) 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.

This course is designed for women of all ages and experience levels who want to know more about the key agronomic decisions for corn and soybean production. The sessions take a seasonal approach and cover decision-making for pre-planting, the growing phase, and harvest.

Course Curriculum

  • Seed selection
  • Plant population
  • Spring tillage practices
  • Crop insurance
  • Marketing strategies
  • Growing
  • How plants use N-P-K
  • Nutrient management
  • Field scouting
  • Pesticide/herbicide application
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Harvest
  • Timing of harvest
  • Harvesting practices
  • Storage and drying
  • Fall tillage practices
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Women Managing Crops is interesting and fun!

    • Topics of importance to your future in farming
    • Brief presentations and extended discussions
    • Practical hands-on activities
    • Decision making resources available to you
    • Comfortable and supportive learning environment
    • Networking with other farm women


    February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, 2022

    Program begins at 9:00 aM and concludes at 12:00 PM. Light meal served 12:00 PM.


    Nora Springs Community Room - City Hall
    45 N Hawkeye Ave
    Nora Springs, IA 50458

    Local sponsors

    Cerro Gordo and Floyd County Extension and Outreach

    Statewide sponsors

    Farm Credit Services




    Registration, prior to midnight January 27, 2022

    Registration includes meal and course materials.


    • Registration deadline is midnight, January 27, 2022. Pre-registration is required.
    • Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.
    • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering
    • To cancel your registration, or for assistance with registration, receipts, or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.


    Sarah DeBour
    county director, Cerro Gordo County
    Darla Olson
    executive director, Mitchell County
    Melissa O'Rourke
    farm management specialist
    Kelvin Leibold
    farm management specialist