AMES, Iowa – 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 competition is conducted by the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program with support from the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and DuPont Pioneer.
“The crop scouting competition gives high school students a chance to learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management,” said Daren Mueller, ISU Extension IPM specialist. “Teams are provided IPM study materials to prepare for the competition. The day of the competition they will complete a knowledge test as well as a crop scouting field exercises.”
Schools, clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three or four participants. Each team of students must be accompanied by an adult team leader. Teams have the opportunity to gather information, solve problems and make decisions related to crops and their pests with consideration for the environment and economy. Competition judges will consist of ISU Extension specialists and agribusiness personnel.
“Iowa’s FFA and 4-H chapters are filled with incredibly talented individuals,” ISA President Mark Jackson said. “This Crop Scouting Competition allows them to showcase those talents and mingle with crop professionals and industry representatives. The Iowa Soybean Association is proud to again be a part of this unique event.”
Teams must register by June 1
The registration form and competition preparation instructions are available at www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/cropscouting. Registration is $50 per team; the fee will be refunded when the team attends the competition. Payment by check is due along with the registration form by June 1.