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4-H clover 4-H crop scouting

Form a team and compete on your knowledge of crop scouting! 

Crop scouting is a way to inspect crops for potential outcomes and risks. Crop scouts are people who take systematic observations and predict crop production. They look at factors such as weather, inputs like pesticides and herbicides, and risks such as disease and pests. 

When you're crop scouting, you're using science skills like observation, data collection and predicting outcomes. You'll also learn good farming practices like integrated pest management.

If you're in grade 7-12 and you like science or crops, get in touch! You can form a team with three or five of your friends. Or we'll help you find teammates in your area. Your team will compete with others in your region of the state, and could go on to state or even national competition! Each team is led by a 4-H volunteer, and that volunteer will be supported by Extension staff and written curriculum. 

NEW 4-H Crop Scouting Virtual event! Attention 4-H members. The 2020 4-H Crop Scouting event is going virtual! The NEW registration deadline is July 31st. Once registered you will be invited to a orientation on August 6th. The event will happen August 8-11th and on August 12th teams and individuals will meet for final presentations and awards. For more information contact Brian McNeill, mcnei006@umn.edu

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Michael Compton, 507-372-3900, mcompton@umn.edu

Brian McNeill, 320-589-1711 Extension 2131, mcnei006@umn.edu

Reviewed in 2020

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