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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Registration 8:30 am, Program 9:00 am to 3:15 pm.
Optional pesticide safety session 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm.

Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL)
1928 240th St, Boone, Iowa

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.

This program has been designed for beginning crop scouts to ensure they are ready for success when they go to the field. Correctly identifying pests in the field is critical for selecting the correct tools to economically manage the issue. The course features sessions on corn and soybean growth and development, weed, disease and insect identification, along with scouting methods and techniques.

Registration includes the following ISU publications: Corn and Soybean Field Guide, Weed Identification Field Guide, Field Crops Insects, Corn Diseases, and Soybean Diseases.

Space is limited to the first 100 registered due to limited classroom space and to ensure small group sizes. Students will rotate through classes and have the opportunity to have more one-on-one interactions with specialists. Live corn and soybean plants will be provided to students to give them the opportunity to look at living plants, rather than pictures. It will also give them the opportunity to practice with their field guides before they go to the field.

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 Crop Scout School. Certificates of completion will be provided.

Program

Time Topic
8:30 am Check-in and morning refreshments
9:00 Morning rotations begin: Students will divide into 3 groups, rotating through Scouting Tips and Tricks, Corn Growth and Development, and Soybean Growth and Development (40 minutes each)
11:30 Lunch (provided)
12:15 pm Afternoon rotations begin: Students will divide into 3 groups, rotating through Weed, Insect and Crop Disease Identification (50 minutes each)
3:15 Scout School Adjourns
3:20 Agricultural worker pesticide safety training (optional session)
4:20 Session adjourns

Crop Scouting Tips and Tricks
Virgil Schmitt, Extension field agronomist, Iowa State University
What should I take to the field? How do I record what I see out there? How will I communicate with the farmer and/or agronomist? This session will answer these questions and more. 
Soybean Growth, Development and Scouting
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist, Iowa State University
Properly staging soybeans is critical for pesticide applications including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides to avoid crop injury and ensure that the pesticide will be economically reasonable.

Corn Growth, Development, and Scouting
Warren Pierson, Field Extension Education Lab coordinator, Iowa State University
Learn what to look for when checking stand establishment, staging corn and why staging corn for management decisions is important. Common injury symptoms to look for in the field will also be discussed.
Weed Identification
Bob Hartzler, Extension weed specialist, Iowa State University
Weeds in crop fields are becoming more difficult to manage over time. Learn to identify common weed species in Iowa fields and some key things to record when scouting.
Disease Identification
Ed Zaworski, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, Iowa State University
This session provides tips for differentiating between diseases with similar symptoms as well as other symptoms and injuries that may be mistaken for crop diseases.
Insect Identification
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist, Iowa State University
Managing crop insect pests well requires proper identification of insects in the field. Erin will teach how to identify and scout for common insect pests in crops as well as how to tell the differences between other insects that look similar. 
Agricultural worker pesticide safety training
Betsy Buffington, Pesticide Safety Education Program, Iowa State University
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. This is an optional session provided to registered attendees of the Field Crop Scout School. Certificates of completion will be provided.

Registration

Registration for this course has closed.

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

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time: registration 8:30 am, class 9:00 am - 3:15 pm.
Optiona pesticide safety session 3:20 pm- 4:20 pm

Location: Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL), 1928 240th St, Boone, Iowa

Registration deadline: midnight, March 16, 2018.
Pre-registration is required to attend.

Cancellation: To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu. A refund will be issued within 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
wpierson@iastate.edu