Field Scouting Basics Workshop
A one-day hands-on course for beginning corn and soybean crop scouts.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Registration check-in opens at 9:30 am and the workshop begins at 10:00 am. The workshop concludes at 4:00 pm. The optional Agricultural Worker Pesticide Safety training follows at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
$100 registration fee. Registration deadline is midnight, May 3.
Field Extension Education Laboratory
1928 240th Street, Boone, Iowa | map link
The Crop Scouting Field Basics Workshop is for interns scouting fields and reporting back to farmers, crop consultants, or others. Scouts are the "eyes and ears" in the field and their reports help drive pest management decisions. Crop scouts often discover other problems in the field, such as nutrient deficiencies, implement malfunctions, and other issues, that might not be seen from a 'windshield survey.'
The objective is getting students out of the classroom and in the field, completing activities a crop scout will actually be doing. This opportunity builds confidence in the field. Students should be prepared for typical spring weather and field conditions and dress accordingly.
This program is capped at 75 students for maximum student-instructor interaction and discussion.
Here are some highlights from the 2017 workshop.
Agricultural Worker Pesticide Safety Training
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is intended to protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from the risks of prolonged pesticide exposure. Crop scouts entering fields where pesticides have been applied must receive training before they begin work and every 12 months. The session includes information about pesticide residues, the potential health effects of pesticide exposure, and how to avoid bringing pesticide residues home. This is an optional session provided to registered attendees of the Field Scouting Basics Workshop. Certificates of completion will be provided.
- This is a beginning-level course focusing on individuals working as crop scouts for the 2018 growing season.
- The course is open to any individual wishing to learn more and sharpen their crop scouting skills.
- The course is intended for individuals 18 years of age and older.
|Students are divided into smaller groups that will rotate through the program topics listed below.|
|9:30 am||Registration check-in|
Crop Scouting Tips and Tricks – Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension field agronomist
|11:00||Corn and Soybean Growth and Development – Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist|
|12:00 pm||Lunch (provided)|
|12:40||Weed Identification – Bob Hartzler, Extension weed specialist|
|1:40||Insect Identification – Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist|
|3:00||Disease Identification – Ed Zaworski, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic|
|4:00 - 5:00||Optional Agricultural Worker Pesticide Safety Training - Betsy Buffington, Pesticide Safety Education Program|
Crop Scouting Tips and Tricks
Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension field agronomist
Angie will discuss what tools to have ready to take to the field and give safety tips to think about when working in the field. She will work through examples of reading maps, including plat books, and how to communicate what you see in the field with farmers.
Crop Growth and Development
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist
Mark will briefly cover corn and soybean growth and development with a focus on early season staging. If weather allows, he will take the students to nearby plots to show how to measure stand counts. The students will be able dig some plants and Mark will explain what issues to look for.
Bob Hartzler, Extension weed specialist
Weed seedling identification is key to deciding effective management practices. Bob will have common weed seedlings to use to teach how to differentiate seedlings that look similar. If weather allows, he will take the students outside to look for emerged weeds in our weed garden and nearby plots.
Insect Pest Identification
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist
Correctly identifying insects when scouting fields is essential because insects in a field could be a crop pest or a beneficial insect. Erin will teach how to identify insects based on key characteristics and discuss another important topic which thresholds are. Thresholds vary based on the insect and are used to determine when to take action against a pest.
Ed Zaworski, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, Iowa State University
Early season seedling diseases are tough to diagnose and Ed will explain some things to look for in the field when a scout thinks they may be finding a disease. He will also discuss common diseases in corn and soybeans and the symptoms that are used to identify them.
Agricultural worker pesticide safety training
Betsy Buffington, Pesticide Safety Education Program
Betsy will teach about many concerns for crop scouts including pesticide residues, the potential health effects of pesticide exposure, and how to avoid bringing pesticide residues home. By attending this presentation, you will be trained as a worker/handler under the Worker Protection Standard regulation.
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Includes lunch, handouts, and field guides (Corn and Soybean Field Guide, Weed Identification Field Guide, Field Crop Insects, Corn Disease and Soybean Disease).
Date: May 10, 2018
Time: check-in begin at 9:30 am. The program starts at 10:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. Optional pesticide safety training follows at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Location: FEEL, 1928 240th St, Boone, IA.
Printable directions and map.
Deadline: midnight, May 3, 2018.
Pre-registration is required to attend.
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