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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.


  • Youth in grades 6-8 can be on a junior team.
  • Youth in grades 9-13 can be on a senior team and can participate in the National 4-H Crop Scouting event.
  • Both teams will be eligible to compete at the state event. Adult volunteers are needed for each team. A team can be created from youth in your club, county or multi-counties. A team is 3-5 members.

Contact us to start a team, volunteer or to find out more.

For volunteer coaches

This crop scouting handbook provides you with information to support a 4-H crop scouting team. 

See a list of volunteer coaches support materials.

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