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 in Indiana August 27-29, 2017.
Print Program Details and Registration Form
2017 Competition is Sponsored by:
Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Brandy VanDeWalle Extension Educator firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 759-3712
Colfax County 4-H'ers won the 2016 Competition.
Nebraska Extension is pleased to offer the 4th annual
Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth at the UNL ARDC building near Mead, Nebraska on August 1, 2017.
Program for 4-H or FFA Youth who have completed 7-12th grades.
Team coaches can consist of extension faculty/staff, ag teachers, agronomists, or interested community members.
2017 Registration Open!
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)
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.
Learn how three brothers competed in the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge in 2018 with a little support from their dad-sponsor.
Figure 1. Youth attending the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge banquet were recognized for their efforts throughout the 2017 crop season to test corn production practices in science-based field trials. (Back Row L-R: Isaac Stromberg, Kade Stromberg, Juliana Loudon, Korbin Kudera, Hayden Beccard, Levi Schiller, James Rolf. Front Row L-R: Gavin Nelson, Rylan Nelson, Nolan Beccard, Landon Hasenkamp and Payton Schiller.) (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)
Winners of the 2017 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge were recently recognized at the annual banquet. Through the contest, youth groups theorize the effect of changing a corn production practice and then test it, using science-based research methods.
Figure 1. Five youth crop scouting teams took a written test and completed eight field exercises to compete in the 2017 state contest. Two teams will now advance to the regionals. (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)
Five teams of talented youth crop scouts recently vied for the state title. Congratulations to all who tested their skills and good luck to the Colfax County 4-H and Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club of Cuming County who will move on to regionals.