4-H Crop Scouting Competition
Monday, July 29
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.
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.
- To provide youth an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for corn and soybean in Minnesota
- To gain knowledge about the scouting, identification, and management strategies for diseases, insects, and weeds common to Minnesota crops
- To develop the ability to gather information and solve problems
- To demonstrate knowledge of crop scouting and IPM principles in a competitive event
- To obtain knowledge and skills that will be helpful in future careers related to agri-science and environmental science.
Teams should prepare by developing their knowledge and critical thinking skills in pest management and agronomy of Minnesota’s common field crops. Teams should learn about topics such as:
- Corn and soybean growth stages
- Sprayer technology
- Basic agronomy
Teams that sign up will receive a packet of resources such as field guides, publications, and presentations to help prepare. If you know youth that might be interested, encourage them to sign-up a team.