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4-H clover 4-H Crop Scouting Competition

Monday, July 29

boy looking at soybean roots

We are excited to announce an all-new crop scouting kick-off this summer. This event aims to equip the next generation of farmers and ag-industry specialists with basic crop scouting and pest management skills helpful for any career in agriculture, environmental sciences and food production.

Teams of high school youth (those completing grades 7 through 12) will compete and showcase their crop scouting abilities by testing their skills in troubleshooting agronomic issues and finding solutions. Youth will learn about weed, insect and disease identification at hands-on field stations by interacting with University faculty, staff and agronomists, as well as professionals in crop-related careers

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, while the top two teams have the opportunity to advance to the multi-state competition in Iowa.

Learn more about crop scouting

Event information

Monday, July 29
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Crop Research Farm
Benson, MN

Brian Mc Neill, Extension educator, Youth development
mcnei006@umn.edu or 320-589-1711

Jared Goplen, Extension educator, Crops
gople007@umn.edu or 320-589-1711


No cost to attend.


Teams of 3-5 youth (any skill level) in 4-H and FFA who are completing grades 7-12 are invited to participate. Sign up by June 1 with 2 adult coaches.

Competition details

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