On Monday, July 29 the youth Crop Scouting Competition was held at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone. The winning team consisted of Macie Weigand, Lane Orr and Cassidy Penrod who will be joining agronomy as a freshman this fall.
Crop scouting and IPM are tools farmers use to increase economic returns while reducing unintended environmental impacts. Equipping future farmers and agronomists with crop scouting skills and basic IPM concepts helps the next generation of farm decision makers with crop production and land stewardship.
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to put their crop scouting skills to the test while competing against other Iowa youth teams in outdoor hands-on activities. Youth will learn as they interact with Iowa State University faculty, staff and extension specialists. At the competition, each team's crop knowledge will be tested at topic-specific field stations and with a written exam. The top four teams, based on points accrued from the field stations and exam, are eligible to win cash prizes. All participants will receive a free event t-shirt. The top two teams will be invited to the regional competition Aug. 26 in Iowa.
“The crop scouting competition is an excellent opportunity for Iowa youth to learn integrated pest management principles from university and industry experts,” said Maya Hayslett, crop sciences youth extension specialist.
Congratulations Macie, Lane and Cassidy!