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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Registration 8:00 am, Program 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

The Iowa State University Extension Field Crop Scout School is a comprehensive crop scouting course designed for individuals with little or no previous scouting experience and plan to work as crop scouts. The school provides an introductory, classroom approach to corn and soybean crop scouting in the Midwest. Primary topics include soybean growth and development, and disease, insect and weed identification.


Attendees will be split into two groups and rotate through two sessions to open the day. Extension Field Agronomists will provide crop scouting tips and tricks in one session, and an overview of plant and pest samples available for students in the other. These samples will be available throughout the course for students to return to and review. Students will then attend general sessions that are shorter and focused on specific crop scouting skills. The course concludes with a review session covering the main concepts learned throughout the day. Iowa State University Extension Specialists, Field agronomists, and staff members will be available to review samples and answer questions.

Time Topic
8:00 am Registration, morning refreshments - 1st floor lobby, Scheman Building
8:30 am and 9:30 am Sessions 1 and 2: Class splits into two groups and rotate between two topics.
1. Scouting tips and tricks and 2. Hands-on practicum with samples and displays
10:30 Break
10:45 Corn and soybean growth and development
11:45 Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm Insects
1:15 Weeds
2:00 Break
2:15 Crop diseases
3:00 Review session, time with instructors and samples
4:00 School adjourns


  • Erik Christian Lecturer, Agronomy Iowa State University
  • Bob Hartzler Extension weed specialist Iowa State University
  • Erin Hodgson Extension entomologist Iowa State University
  • Mark Johnson Extension field agronomist Iowa State University
  • Mark Licht Extension systems agronomist Iowa State University
  • Daren Mueller Extension plant pathologist Iowa State University
  • Virgil Schmitt Extension field agronomist Iowa State University


Registration for this event has closed. Registrations are not accepted at the door.

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

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time: registration 8:00 am, class 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa.


Registration deadline: midnight, February 27, 2015.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Cancellation: 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 | wpierson@iastate.edu