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The Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is pleased to present the 7th 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, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, ScoutPro, Iowa Certified Crop Advisors, and Environmental Tillage Systems.
Date of Event: July 31, 2017
Location: Field Extension Education Laboratory at 1928 240 St., Boone, Iowa.
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.
Prizes: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $150 for 3rd, $50 for 4th. Each participant will also receive a free event t-shirt or hat. The top two teams will be invited to the regional competition, held in Indiana on August 28.
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.
Preparation: A 14-part set of IPM presentations and ISU Field Guides are available to help prepare for the competition. Presentations can be found at http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/cropscouting. Corn, Soybean, and Weed ID Field Guides can be purchased at https://store.extension.iastate.edu. Teams will be expected to know the basics of IPM and scouting corn and soybean fields as outlined in these and other resources. Potential topics include identification and information regarding diseases, insects, weeds, disorders, herbicide injury, growth stages, and plant parts. Also, degree day computation and sprayer calibration and sprayer issues (see Teejet catalogue, pages 140-151 http://www.teejet.com/SprayLitApp/LitDisp.asp?Act=ViewLink&pagename=teejet_literature_catalogs-bulletins&URL=catalogs/C51A/cat51a_us.pdf)
Along with field stations, there will be a written test on crop scouting material.
Scoring: Teams can earn a possible 300 points during the competition. There will be approximately 10 stations focusing on different aspects of crop scouting worth 250 total points. The written test is worth 50 points. Participation of all team members will be part of the scoring process at each station, to ensure each individual is contributing.
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