Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth 2015

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 have included DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, and Iowa Certified Crop Advisors.

Prizes: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $150 for 3rd, $50 for 4th.  Each participant will also receive a free event t-shirt.

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 4, 2015             

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

Time: Registration begins at 8am. Competition starts at 8:30am. The contest will conclude by 2pm.

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

More information and registration details can be accessed as a PDF by clicking 2015 Crop Scouting Competition Details.pdf.

Scoring: Teams can earn a possible 250 points during the competition. There will be 12 stations focusing on different aspects of crop scouting, 10 of which will be worth 25 points each and two of which will be demonstrations and will not be scored. Four of the stations will not be revealed until the competition and eight of the stations are as follows:

1. Corn and soybean diseases; 2. Corn and soybean insects; 3. Weed identification; 4. Corn and soybean growth stages; 5. Estimating corn yield; 6. Plant populations; 7. Adequate field assessment (e.g., scouting patterns); and 8. Noninfectious crop disorders.

NO pre-prepared visual will be required for this year’s competition and there will NOT be a written test.

Integrated Pest Management Curriculum

There a number of resources that can be used to help prepare students for the upcoming 2015 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 feel free to modify the PowerPoint presentations as you see fit for your classroom.

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 feel free to modify the PowerPoint presentations as you see fit for your classroom, but 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 isuipm@iastate.edu 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 North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, and Iowa Certified Crop Advisors.

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