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ISU sets May 18 crop scouts workshop

By Staff | May 9, 2015

AMES – A Field Scouting Basics Workshop is set from 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Iowa State Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone.

ISU Extension specialists and field agronomists will provide instruction on the principles of Integrated Pest Management with emphasis on weed, insect and crop disease identification in Iowa corn and soybean production. An overview of basic field scouting skills including sample collection, observation and documentation are also offered.

The half-day Field Scouting Basics Workshop presentation topics and Iowa State University instructors include:

  • Crop scouting tips and tools – Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension field agronomist.
  • Corn and soybean growth and development – Mark Licht, extension cropping systems agronomist.
  • Weed identification – Bob Hartzler, extension weed management specialist.
  • Disease identification – Rashelle Matthiesen-Anderson, plant pathology research associate.
  • Insect identification – Erin Hodgson, associate professor of entomology and extension entomologist.

Designed for beginning level crop scouts, the half-day course provides hands-on, infield experience to crop scouts for the 2015 growing season.

“Before scouts head to the fields this season, this program will refresh the memory of those who attended the Field Crop Scouting School March 7, and teach the basics of scouting to those that were unable to attend the earlier school,” said coordinator Warren Pierson, program specialist with FEEL. “The agenda is geared toward feedback from the March school, and the goal is to get the scouts into corn and soybean fields to learn by doing.”

This supplemental Field Scouting Basics class builds a foundation of knowledge in corn and soybean growth and development principles that support sound agronomic decision-making throughout the growing season.

Preregistration is required and closes at midnight, May 13.

A $65 fee covers lunch and class materials. Attendees of the March 7 Field Crop Scouting School receive a $20 discount.

To register, go to www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/scout. Registration is available online with credit card or by mail with check payment.

“Before scouts head to the fields this season, this program will refresh the memory of those who attended the Field Crop Scouting School March 7 and teach the basics of scouting to those that were unable to attend the earlier school,” said coordinator Warren Pierson, program specialist with FEEL. “The agenda is geared toward feedback from the March school, and the goal is to get the scouts into corn and soybean fields to learn by doing.”

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