Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers March 5

Crop Scout Training participants identifying weeds during the 2018 course.
Crop Scout Training participants identify weeds during the 2018 course. The March 5 event is for pest managers while a May 8 training course will be for entry-level scouts.

Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers March 5 February 13, 2019

Ag industry representatives and corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage pests should plan to attend the Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers course. It will be held March 5 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, 1071 County Road G. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This session is ideal for new employees preparing to take the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) exam and serves as an excellent refresher course for experienced personnel. Sessions are taught by university representatives from subject matter departments. This training provides current, detailed instruction and is specifically designed to provide the knowledge, expertise and confidence necessary to fulfill the requirements for working as a crop scout in making control recommendations.

Topics include:

  • factors influencing the growth and development of corn and soybeans;

  • crop diseases and management;
  • identifying weeds and plant morphology;
  • weed control and herbicide management;
  • using a key to identify weed seedlings; and
  • corn and soybean insect management.

Contacts and Registration

The fee for this training is $165 with a resource book or $60 without a resource book. The optional resource book contains a variety of reference materials that are excellent resources for crop scouting professionals.

Pre-register to reserve your seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, and workshop materials. They do not include the cost of lodging. CCA credits of 7.5 (6 in pest management, 1 in crop management, and 0.5 in fertility/nutrient management) have been applied for and are pending. Register online at go.unl.edu/2019cropscout or complete and submit the form on the event flyer.

For more information, contact Nebraska Extension at (402) 624-8030 or e-mail Extension Educator Keith Glewen at kglewen1@unl.edu. For registration questions, call (402) 624-8030 or e-mail cdunbar2@unl.edu.

More information and a video are available at https://enre.unl.edu/crop

Nebraska Extension Field Scout Training for entry-level scouts is scheduled for May 8.