The Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program will present the seventh annual Crop Scouting Competition July 31 for Iowa youth. High school students — those completing grades 9 through 12 — from Iowa are invited to compete and showcase their crop scouting abilities in corn and soybeans. The competition will be a one-day event at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Lab near Boone in central Iowa.
The purpose of the Iowa Crop Scouting Competition is to provide students with an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of IPM for corn and soybean crops, and to obtain knowledge and skills helpful in future careers related to agricultural and environmental sciences. Students will be able to learn directly from ISU Extension specialists and agronomists.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The competition will start at 8:30 a.m. and end by 2 p.m. The first-place award is $500, second is $300, third is $150, and fourth is $50. Each participant will receive a free event T-shirt or hat. The top two teams will be invited to the regional competition, held in Indiana Aug. 28.
Each three- to five-person team is to be led and accompanied by an adult team leader. Teams should work with their leader to train on a regular basis before the competition. Past team leaders have been FFA or agriculture teachers, seed dealers, co-op employees and others.
For more information about the competition and contest rules and regulations, visit 2017 Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth.
Watch or read 2016 competition highlights:
• 2016 Crop Scouting Competition Winners
• Iowa Teams Place First, Second in 2016 Regional Crop Scouting Competition
• State Crop Scouting Winners Look Forward to Regional Competition
• Overview of 2016 Crop Scouting Competition Winners
Source: Iowa State University