Image Agronomy Get your hands dirty in Crop Production! Find out how soils, bugs, beetles and more affect your crops. Whether it’s corn, soybeans, wheat, hay or silage, 4-H crop production is for you! Learn how soil, seeds, weather, pests, and fertilizer affect field crops Be a scientist and do experiments with crops Use new technology that is changing the way field crops are grown See the value and uses of field crops Ideas for Project Area Learning! Find differences when you: plant seeds in different soils, use different fertilizers and control weeds & pests Identify what helps plants grow, and what’s harmful to them Take a soil sample and learn soil and nutrient requirements Calculate growing degree days Scout fields for pests and growing conditions Decide what varieties of crops to plant and at what time Manage your own crops based on Integrated Crop Management principles Calculate harvest losses and their causes Identify how new technology impacts crop production Project Area Events Crop Scouting Competition State Recognition Opportunities Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Project Helpers Exhibit Tip Sheets Static Exhibits Handbook Recordkeeping Forms Project Area Guides Iowa 4-H Contact Maya Hayslett email@example.com Share What You Learn With Others! Communication Show your group the difference between a healthy plant and a sick one, and tell how that happens. Develop a journal with the details of the fields you scout. Present on the insects that are beneficial and pests to crops (visit the 4-H Entomology page). Civic Engagement Help teach others about farm safety. Join and participate in a farm commodity association. Organize and lead an appreciation event for farmers during harvest. Leadership Create farm safety rules for your family and share with others. Plan a tour of a seed corn plant for your group. Develop a “harvest loss frame” and use it to help other farmers calculate their harvest losses. Exhibit Ideas Create a booklet of different uses of corn and soybeans Keep a journal of your plants, recording rainfall and other weather data, fertilizer and pesticide application, hybrid variety selection and other factors that influence the growth and development of your crop Create soil maps of a farm and demonstrate different properties such as soil types, drainage, CSR, and slope. (For a program to create soil maps, visit the USDA Web Soil Survey page.) Design a poster to teach others about the information provided on seed labels Give an educational presentation on resources that are available to help in conservation planning Follow commodity markets for a month. Record the change in prices. Create a chart to show the changes prices and how it would change a decision to purchase or sell. Develop a journal of common diseases, insects, and other problems found in your area while crop scouting.