Nebraska Extension Provides Interactive Introductory Field Scout Online Training May 11

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Nebraska Extension Provides Interactive Introductory Field Scout Online Training May 11

Nebraska Extension is conducting an introductory level field scout training online during a Tuesday, May 11 interactive training session.

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.

Past participants have consistently given our field scout training high marks and state that the knowledge gained improved their scouting skills. Some of the benefits registrants stated the training provided included practical/working knowledge and better accuracy in field scouting.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Corn and Soybean Growth and Development
  • Crop Diseases and Quiz
  • Identifying Weeds — Plant Morphology, Using a Key to Identify Weed Seedlings 
  • Corn and Soybean Insect Scouting, Identification, Management
  • Nutrient Deficiencies in Corn and 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. Training will include interactive components. Participants will receive instructions on downloading free versions of programs 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.

Register through the Field Scout Training site or by emailing Extension; registration ends at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 11.

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