AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published the Field Crop Scouting book as an online learning tool for crop scouts and other agricultural professionals in Iowa. This interactive textbook allows individuals to acquire knowledge about crop scouting topics such as corn and soybean growth stages, insect identification, crop diseases and weed identification through a self-paced, innovative design.
“This online resource was constructed with information about what a healthy corn and soybean crop looks like, how to assess it, what insects, diseases or weeds are present and the risks associated with these issues to help create stronger crop production systems in Iowa,” said Daren Mueller, assistant professor and extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State University.
The Field Crop Scouting book was developed for those working in the agriculture industry who wish to learn crop scouting basics. The book allows readers to work at their own pace, using expertly narrated videos, slide shows, interactive graphs and simulations to provide a guided learning experience. Quizzes and self-assessments also provide an opportunity to test knowledge.
A certificate of successful completion is available for crop scouts, agronomists, commodity groups and others working in the agriculture industry. This provides verification to employers that they have been trained in the basic concepts of crop scouting.
The Field Crop Scouting book is $9.99 and may be purchased online at Bleep Blorp Books (bleepblorp.pub/store/1). The online book provides high-resolution images, videos, slideshows, interactive graphs and animated figures. Readers will be able to move easily from one topic to another and explore issues based on their interests. The learning tool can be accessed through any online browser or mobile device.
The online book is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University and the United States Department of Agriculture.
[PHOTO] The Field Crop Scouting interactive book can be accessed through common web browser software on tablets, smartphones and desktop and laptop computers.