Nebraska Extension to host 2021 Introductory Field Crop Scout Training on May 11th

Nebraska Extension to host 2021 Introductory Field Crop Scout Training on May 11th
April 15th, 2021 | Justin Hanshew

I am pleased to announce our first Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic offering for 2021, Introductory Level Field Crop Scout Training, which will be held virtually on May 11th. As many of you are likely aware, Keith Glewen retired after 45 years of service to UNL this January, so for now I have taken on an interim role coordinating the CMDC clinic offerings this year. We are still working on finalizing the offerings for the rest of the summer so stay tuned for more information on our August clinics.

The introductory training course is for summer employees working in the agricultural industry, as well as corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests. The training is designed for entry-level scouts who are working for crop consultants, industry agronomists or farm service centers in Nebraska and neighboring states. The training course is also ideal for growers who scout their own fields or are interested in improving productivity, as well as for students employed by agribusinesses.

Topics include:
Understanding Corn & Soybean Growth & Development
Crop Diseases & Quiz
Identifying Weeds – Plant Morphology, Using a Key to Identify Weed Seedlings
Corn & Soybean Insect Scouting, Identification, Management
Nutrient Deficiencies in Corn & Soybeans

Presenters include:
Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension Educator
Jenny Rees, Nebraska Extension Educator
Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist
Christopher Proctor, Nebraska Extension Educator
Justin McMechan, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems and Crop Protection Specialist
Julie Peterson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist
Kyle Koch, Nebraska Extension Insect Diagnostician

The course will be offered remotely via Zoom from 8:55 a.m. till 5:10 p.m. Training will include interactive components to keep participants engaged and learning. Participants will receive instructions on downloading free versions of materials being used prior to the field crop scout training session.

The training fee is $50. Paid pre-registration is required in order to obtain access to the remote training and to receive Certified Crop Advisor credits with a total of 7.5 credits applied for with 6 pest management, 1 crop management, and .5 fertility/nutrient management.

Registration closes on May 11 at 8 a.m. Register online at: or e-mail

For more information, email Aaron Nygren at or call (402)624-8030. Visit to learn about training opportunities available through Nebraska Extension’s Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics and related training.




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