A crop scouting competition for high school youth is scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Iowa State University Extension Farm near Boone. High school students (those completing grades 9-12) are invited to compete and showcase their scouting abilities in corn and soybean during this one-day event.
The Denison Community School "Denison DeKalb" team received first place in the 2012 Crop Scouting competition held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Students gained corn and soybean scouting experience based on integrated pest management principles by participating in the competition.
Checking crops for insects and disease is becoming less tedious and cumbersome, and more accurate with the release of iPad apps by ScoutPro. The identification program is based on Iowa State University field guides and funded in part by Iowa Soybean Association.