Youth and Youth Activities

Engaging Youth in Crop Production

Crop and Plant Science Facts

  • Dig into some interesting facts about Nebraska crops.
  • Learn how crops grow and factors that affect them.

Activities

Learn the science behind crops issues and how crop science relates to careers, through fun activities!

  • Be savvy on crop growth, diseases, insects and weeds.
  • Just have some fun and test your knowledge with interactive games.
  • Learn about exciting career opportunities related to crop and plant science. The University of Nebraska offers great majors for anyone interested in anything plants. Check it out!

4-H and FFA Crop Projects

Check out all the opportunities to learn through hands-on projects and workshops on:

  • plant sciences,
  • crop production,
  • range management,
  • entomology,
  • Crop Science Investigation - integrated pest management.

Pick some of your own interesting projects and enter your project in your local county or state fair!

youth working on crop project

Encourage youth to think more about agricultural careers with the help of educational resources for:

  • 4-H Leaders
  • Ag Teachers
  • Extension Personnel
  • Interested Parents/ Mentors

Discover Entomology Brochure

For more information on degree programs in agronomy or other plant science related careers:

Related Articles

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)

Youth Crop Scouting Event Tests Valuable Skills

July 31, 2019
Seven teams from across Nebraska participated in the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth, testing their skills scouting corn and soybean. The top two teams will represent Nebraska at the regional competition in Iowa in August.

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Figure 1. Extension Educator Chuck Burr demonstrating to youth how a crop moisture sensor works in a field of corn.
Figure 1. Extension Educator Chuck Burr demonstrating to youth how a crop moisture sensor works in a field of corn.

Agronomy Youth Field Day August 7 in Curtis

June 25, 2019
Youth ages 9-18 years can participate in hands-on experiences to learn the science of agronomy and all about Nebraska crops at the 4th Annual Agronomy Youth Field Day August 7 in Curtis.

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Youth in attendance at the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Banquet were recognized for their efforts. (L-R: Payton Schiller, Kaylea Geiser, Gavin Nelson, Kara Kudera, Rylan Nelson, Logan Nelson, Kade Stromberg, Korbin Kudera, Isaac Stormberg, Matthew Rolf, Ian Schiller, James Rolf, James Rolf, Landon Haskenkamp, Brooke Hilgenkamp, Aaron Fuchs.

Youth Corn Challenge Winners Announced

February 15, 2019
Congratulations to the Maple Creek Creators 4-H Club of Colfax County and all the winners of the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension. Entries for the 2019 contest are due by March 15.

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Registration Underway for Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

February 6, 2019
This contest, open to 4-H members (ages 10 and older as of January 1) or FFA members (in-school), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

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Participants in the 2018 Youth Crop Scouting event
Figure 1. Four teams participated in the 2018 Youth Crop Scouting contest, two of which will advance to regionals.

Youth Learn, Compete in Crop Scouting Contest

July 27, 2018
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.

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