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!

2019 Competition was Sponsored by: 

  • DuPont Pioneer 
  • Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association
  • Farm Credit Services of America

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: 

Brandy VanDeWalle
Extension Educator
brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu
(402) 759-3712


Colfax County 4-H'ers won the 2019 Nebraska and Regional Competition. 
Nebraska Extension was pleased to offer the 6th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth at the UNL ENREC building near Mead, Nebraska on July 23, 2019.
  • 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.

Registration closed until 2020!
Click here to register your team (limited to 10 teams)

Competition consists of the following

  • Written Test
  • Field Stations (corn/soybean diseases, abiotic/biotic problems, soybean/corn insects, corn/soybean growth staging, weed ID, nutrient mgmt., research and general scouting)

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Seven teams of youth, shown here, participated in the 6th Annual Crop Scouting Competition. The top two teams, Colfax County 4-H and Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club Team #1, will represent Nebraska at the Regional program in Iowa on August. 26. (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle
Figure 1. Seven teams of youth participated in the 6th Annual Crop Scouting Competition. The top two teams, Colfax County 4-H and Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club #1 team, will represent Nebraska at the Regional program in Iowa on August. 26. (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)

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