Youth Crop Scouting Competition
About the Competition
The purpose of the competition is to
Provide students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for corn and soybeans in Nebraska,
To obtain knowledge and skills that will be helpful in future careers
Demonstrate newer crop scouting technologies.
CASH PRIZES AVAILABLE!
First place- $500
Second Place- $250
Third Place- $100
Top 2 teams will them compete at a Regional Competition.
Print Program Details and Registration Form
2018 Competition is Sponsored by:
Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association
Farm Credit Services of America
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Brandy VanDeWalle Extension Educator firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 759-3712
Colfax County 4-H'ers won the 2018 Nebraska and Regional Competition.
Nebraska Extension is pleased to offered the 5th annual
Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth at the UNL ARDC building near Mead, Nebraska on July 26, 2018.
Program for 4-H or FFA Youth who have completed 5-12th grades.
Team coaches can consist of extension faculty/staff, ag teachers, agronomists, or interested community members.
2019 Registration will open in March!
Click here to register your team (limited to 10 teams)
Competition consists of the following
Field Stations (corn/soybean diseases, abiotic/biotic problems, soybean/corn insects, corn/soybean growth staging, weed ID, nutrient mgmt., research and general scouting)
Figure 1. Four teams participated in the 2018 Youth Crop Scouting contest, two of which will advance to regionals.
Youth honed their crop scouting skills while vying for top honors in the fifth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Thursday at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.
Figure 1. Brad Ramsdale, professor of agronomy at the Nebraska College for Technical Agriculture, discusses plant and weed identification with a group of youth at a previous Youth Agronomy FIeld Day. (Photos by Kathy Burr)
Curiosity is key to learning and the Aug. 8 Agronomy Youth Field Day offers a myriad of opportunities for youth to explore, learn, talk with kid-friendly experts, and consider careers in agronomic fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Teams of youth interested in learning crop scouting and competing for cash prizes are encouraged to enter the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth. Teams are encouraged to form and register now for the July 26 event so they can start studies and preparations to compete.
Applications are due by April 1 for teams of youth participating in the 2018 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if it increased yield.
Figure 1. Aaron Yoder uses an ATV simulator at the National FFA Convention to provide safety training. Yoder and other instructors will use the simulator in Nebraska this summer when teaching Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses.
This summer Nebraska Extension will be offering Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses for 14- and 15-year-olds who will be working on a farm other than their family's.