Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth 2014

Introduction to IPMThe Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, with support from DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, and the Iowa Soybean Association, is pleased to bring you the Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth 2014. High school students from across Iowa are invited to compete and showcase their scouting abilities in corn and soybean on August 5 at the Iowa State University Extension Farm. The competition will be a one day event with both indoor and outdoor components. The theme for this year's competition is Crop Scouting Innovations.

More information and registration details can be accessed as a PDF by clicking 2014 Crop Scouting Competition Details PDF.pdf.

An online workshop about the competition, which includes information on team preparation, was held February 21st of 2012 and a recording can be accessed by clicking here.

Integrated Pest Management Curriculum

There a number of resources that can be used to help prepare students for the upcoming 2014 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.

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 made this project possible: DuPont Pioneer, the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, the Iowa Soybean Association, and Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association.