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.


  • First place- $500
  • Second Place- $250
  • Third Place- $100

Print Program Details and Registration Form!

2022 Competition is Sponsored by: 

  • Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association
  • Ward Laboratories Inc.


Brandy VanDeWalle
Extension Educator
(402) 759-3712

4-H winners

Colfax County 4-H'ers won the 2019 Nebraska and Regional Competition.

The 2019 Crop Scouting Contest winners and a photo overview of the day's event.

2022 Crop Scouting Competition

For 2022, there will be the opportunity for youth to "Ask An Agronomist" questions about weeds, diseases, insects and other general scouting information to help them prepare for the competition.
Participants can join this summer to learn about Weeds, Growth Staging, Insects, Diseases & General Scouting Info

Nebraska Extension is pleased to offer the 8th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth  on August 3rd.

  • Program for 4-H or FFA Youth who have completed 5-12th grades.
  • Team coaches can be extension faculty/staff, ag teachers, agronomists, or interested community members.

Registration is open!

Click here to register your team (limited to 10 teams)

The competition consists of: 

  • a team gaming quiz
  • field stations via zoom (corn/soybean diseases, abiotic/biotic problems, soybean/corn insects, corn/soybean growth staging, weed ID, nutrient mgmt., research, and general scouting)

Opportunities For Youth This Year

We are providing, "Office hours with an Agronomist". Join us for for an office hour with an Agronomist. Starting soon, different Nebraska Extension agronomist/specialists will share some scouting information and answer your questions. No registration required. A link will be posted on this webpage on the day of the office hours that will direct you to a zoom meeting to participate.

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