ISU Extension and Outreach Offers Field Crop Scout School

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a Field Crop Scout School on Saturday, March 8 at the Scheman Continuing Education Building, Iowa State Center, Ames. Designed for beginning crop scouts, the day-long course features workshops on crop growth and development; weed, disease and insect identification; non-pest crop injuries; and scouting methods and techniques.

A supplemental Field Scouting Basics class, a new offering in 2014, will be held in May at the Field Extension Education Laboratory. Attendees of the March school will receive discounted registration for the field session in May. Registration for the May session will open following the scout school.

“Consider the March school the three credit foundation course and the May class the one credit lab session,” said Stuart McCulloh, extension program specialist and field crop school coordinator. “The agenda for the basics class will be based on feedback from the March school as well as a needs assessment quiz at the start of the May session. Together the two sessions form a comprehensive package.”

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. March 8 for the Field Crop Scout School, with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. The school ends at 4:45 p.m. The fee is $100 and includes field guides, course handouts, lunch and breaks. Online registration (VISA, MasterCard or Discover) is available at

Registration must be completed by midnight, Feb. 28. Registration is limited to 150 participants and pre-registration is required to attend; registrations will not be accepted at the door for this program.

For more information, call 515-509-8308 or email