Do you need training to become a field scout this summer? If so, attend the Integrated Pest Management Field Crop Scout School on March 9. The Scout School is designed for those who have no previous scouting experience and plan to work as crop scouts. Sessions will cover identification and scouting methods for weeds, insects, and diseases; crop growth and development of corn, soybean, and alfalfa; how to use soil surveys and some general information about soils; and discussion of common crop problems and goals of scouting. Many of the sessions will include hands-on diagnostic activities to help in recognizing field crop problems.
The school is for a full day and will be held in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Mark your calendars--registration will be included in the February 18 Integrated Crop Management newsletter. The Field Crop Scout School is sponsored by the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management Program and the Departments of Agronomy, Entomology, and Plant Pathology. Questions may be directed to Jerolyne Packer or Richard Larson at (515) 294-6429 or Joyce Hornstein (515) 294-1101.
Certified crop adviser (CCA) credits are not available for this program.
This article originally appeared on page 11 of the IC-488 (1) -- January 21, 2002 issue.