Crop Scouting Competition 2018

May 18, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is hosting its eighth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa youth on July 30, 2018, at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL), Boone, Iowa. To register, submit a completed registration form by July 1, 2018. For more details, event registration, and preparation resources visit

High school students (those completing grades nine-12) from Iowa are invited to compete and showcase their crop scouting abilities in corn and soybean fields. The competition will be a one-day event, focused on outdoor learning. Youth will be able to get out into the fields to scout for problems and learn about possible solutions and strategies. During the competition, youth will have the opportunity to interact with Iowa State University faculty, staff and agronomists, as well as professionals in crop-related careers. Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams, while the top two teams have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition in Nebraska. All participants will learn, have fun and take home a free t-shirt.

Crop scouting and IPM are important tools for farmers to increase economic returns while reducing unintended environmental impacts. Equipping future farmers and agronomists with crop scouting skills and basic IPM information will help the next generation of farm decision makers with crop production and land stewardship.

The event is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association, ScoutPro, Iowa Certified Crop Advisors and Environmental Tillage Systems.

Watch a recap of last year’s event here.

To participate in the competition, all you need is a team of three-to-five youth and an adult coach. There is no cost for registration. Reimbursement for travel costs is also available.

To learn more and to register, visit the website or contact Maya Hayslett at

Date: July 30th, 2018               
Location: Field Extension Education Laboratory, 1928 240 St., Boone, IA.
Time: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Competition starts at 8:30 a.m. and will end by 2:00 p.m. 
Meals: Lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided. 
*Travel reimbursements are available