Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth 2016

Introduction to IPMThe Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is pleased to present the fifth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth. High school students (those completing grades 9-12) from Iowa are invited to compete and showcase crop scouting abilities in corn and soybean. The competition will be a one day event focusing on outdoor learning. Sponsors include DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, Iowa Certified Crop Advisors, and ScoutPro.

Prizes: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $150 for 3rd, $50 for 4th.  Each participant will also receive a free event t-shirt. The top two teams will also be invited to the regional crop scouting competition, held near Ames, IA on August 31 to compete against teams from other Midwest states.

Purpose: To provide students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of IPM for corn and soybean and to obtain knowledge and skills helpful in future careers related to agricultural and environmental sciences.

Team Leaders: Each 3-5 person team is to be led and accompanied by an adult team leader. Teams should work with their leader to train on a regular basis before the competition. Past team leaders have been FFA or agriculture teachers, seed dealers, coop employees, and others.

Date: August 2, 2016             

Location: Field Extension Education Laboratory at 1928 240 St., Boone, IA.

Time: Registration begins at 8am. Competition starts at 8:30am.

Meals: Lunch, beverages, and snacks will be provided.

More information and registration details can be accessed as a PDF by clicking 2016 Crop Scouting Competition Details.pdf.

Participation/Permission/Medical Release form: All participants must have a permission form completed and turned in prior to attending the event. It can be found here: Crop Scouting Competition 2016 Parental Permission Agreement.pdf

Scoring: Teams can earn a possible 300 points during the competition. There will be 10 to 12 stations focusing on different aspects of crop scouting worth 250 total points. The written test is worth 50 points.  It will be advantageous for teams to have knowledge of the following:  

Disease, insect, and weed identification in corn/soybean production; corn/soybean growth stages, plant part identification, and populations; noninfectious disorders including herbicide injury; soil sampling.

Along with field stations, there will be a written test on crop scouting material. 

Integrated Pest Management Curriculum

There a number of resources that can be used to help prepare students for the upcoming 2016 Crop Scouting Competition.  One of these resources, a 14-part IPM curriculum covering a variety of topics, can be downloaded from the IPM Curriculum page. Each presentation is available in both PDF and PowerPoint formats and includes notes.

These educational materials are for use in high school or post-secondary agricultural classrooms, or anywhere there is a need for such materials including at home or on the farm. Please do not remove copyright marks.

Other resources include five Iowa State University Field Guides and a Scouting Fields learning module. To request a copy of these materials on CD, which includes the IPM curriculum, email the ISU IPM Program at with your request, name, address, and affiliation and a CD will be sent to you.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors who make this project possible: DuPont Pioneer, the Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, Iowa Certified Crop Advisors, and ScoutPro.