Saturday, March 8, 2014

Scheman Continuing Education Building
Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

Registration and refreshemnts 7:15 am, class 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Iowa State University Field Crop Scout School is a comprehensive crop scouting course conducted by Extension faculty and staff. The school will be held Saturday, March 8 in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus. Crop Scout School is designed for those who have little or no previous scouting experience and plan to work as crop scouts. The school provides an introductory, classroom approach to major row crop scouting in the midwest. From general growth and development of corn and soybeans, to disease, insect, and weed identification, as well as a general session to enhance a beginner’s knowledge on pesticide groups, modes of action, and common injury symptoms. Registration includes handouts and a set of ISU Extension field guides.

New for 2014

A supplemental Field Scouting Basics class will be held May 15, 2014 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) west of Ames. Designed to compliment the in-class instruction and foundation, this 5 hour session will focus on in-field, hands-on demonstrations and crop scouting scenarios. The agenda will be geared toward feedback from the March school as well as a quick needs assessment quiz in the morning. In its entirety, Field Scouting Basics will give attendees a chance to perform some scouting tasks, identify relevant pests, and participate in small group discussions with Extension personnel.

Registration for the May session will open immediately following the March school. Attendees of the March 8 Field Crop Scout School receive a $25 discount on the registration for the May session. Additional information will be provided during the March school.



Scouting tools and methods

  • Basic methods and techniques
  • Responsibilities of being a crop scout

Corn and soybean growth and development

  • Identify growth stages from preemergence to harvest
  • Determine seeding depth and stand counts
  • Discuss stresses that may occur during the growing season

Non-pest crop injury

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Environmental stresses
  • Herbicide injury

Pesticides 101

  • Pesticide groups
  • Pesticide modes of actions
  • Common injury symptoms

Weed identification

  • When to scout for weeds
  • Identification of common grass and broadleaf weed seedlings
  • Weed emergence timing
  • Use of weed identification keys

Insect identification

  • General biology of insects
  • Identification of major corn, soybean and alfalfa insect pests
  • Identification of beneficial insects
  • Scouting techniques and equipment

Plant disease identification

  • Leaf and seedling diseases of corn, soybean and alfalfa
  • Discussion of timing of symptomology



Registration has closed for this event.
The 2014 Field Crop Scout School has filled to capacity. Registration is now closed and we are no longer adding names to a waiting list. For notification of the 2015 school and other Extension crop events please sign up for e-mail notices.

Cancellations requesting a refund must be received before midnight, February 28, 2014. Substitutions will be allowed. Call (515) 294-6429 or to cancel your registration.


For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or For questions regarding the program please contact Stuart McCulloh, Extension program specialist, at (515) 509-8308 or

Location and lodging

The short course will be held in the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center on the ISU campus in Ames. Free parking is available in lots surrounding the Scheman Building in designated areas. Visit the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for a listing of overnight lodging options in the Ames area.