Nebraska Extension Youth Crop Scouting Competition aims to connect youth with crops

Nebraska Extension Youth Crop Scouting Competition aims to connect youth with crops
June 14th, 2022 | Nebraska Extension

Nebraska Extension will present the ninth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops can learn about crop growth and development and basic crop scouting principles.

The contest will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska on Aug. 3, 2022. The event will include both indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing fifth through 12th grades) from across Nebraska are invited to participate. This event is limited to the first 10 teams who sign-up.

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team of students. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition held virtually this year.

Teams will be expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging, looking for patterns of crop injury, disease, insect and weed seedling identification, etc. Other topics many include, but are not limited to pesticide safety, nutrient disorders and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available on CropWatch.

Teams must be registered by Friday, July 15.

This program is sponsored by Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, Ward Laboratories and Nebraska Extension.

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