A course designed for individuals with little or no previous crop scouting experience.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Registration 8:30 am, Program 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Optional Ag Worker Pesticide Safety Training to follow from 3:10 pm to 4:10 pm.

Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011

The Iowa State University Extension Field Crop Scout School prepares individuals with little or no previous crop scouting experience, providing a foundation of basic skills for corn and soybean crop scouting in the Midwest. The opening session provides instruction on scouting methods, approaching the field, equipment recommendations, and record keeping. Additional presentations include soybean growth and development, and disease, insect and weed identification.

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. Recent updates went into effect in January 2017. 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 Crop Scout School. Certificates of completion will be provided.


Time Topic
8:30 am Check-in and morning refreshments
9:00 Scouting tips and tricks - Virgil Schmitt, Extension field agronomist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
10:00 Corn and soybean growth and development – Mark Licht, cropping systems agronomist, Iowa State University
11:00 Break
11:15 Weed identification- Bob Hartzler, Extension weed specialist, Iowa State University
12:15 pm Lunch (provided)

Crop disease identification – Ed Zaworski and Daniel Sjarpe, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University


Insect identification- Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist, Iowa State University

3:00 School adjourns
3:10 Agricultural worker pesticide safety training (optional session) – Betsy Buffington, Pesticide Safety Education Program, Iowa State University
4:10 Session adjourns


Registration for this course has closed.

Cost: $100. Includes lunch, refreshments, field guides and class materials.

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time: registration 8:30 am, class 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Optional Ag Worker Pesticide Safety Training to follow from 3:10 pm to 4:10 pm.

Location: Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, 1805 Center Drive, Ames, IA 50011

Registration deadline: midnight, March 17, 2017.
Pre-registration is required to attend.

Cancellation: Cancellations requesting a refund must be received prior to midnight, March 17, 2017. To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu. A refund will be issued in 7-10 days.

Confirmation: registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

Program Contact

Warren Pierson
Extension program specialist
(515) 509-8308