Clayton County 4-H Wins 2014 Crop Scouting Competition

Clayton County 4-H Crop Scouting teams took first and second place honors in the fourth annual Crop Scouting Competition conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on August 5. First place team members included Sam Hilgerson, Ted Hilgerson and Luke Orr from Elkader, Tom Shirbroun, Farmersburg and Kennie Orr of Elgin. Second place team members were Melanie Lane and Matt Whittle of Elkader, Cole Deitchler, Volga and Andrey Shirbroun, Farmersburg. The groups were coached by Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun of Farmersburg.
The competition was created to increase high school students’ awareness of Iowa agriculture through hands-on learning and teamwork. Students apply integrated pest management principles to corn and soybean scouting experiences as they prepare for and participate in the competition.  Competition components included corn and soybean growth staging, weed identification, bio char, herbicide injury, and insects and diseases of corn and soybean. Prior to the competition, student teams also prepared a creative component related to scouting or IPM that benefited their communities.

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