UNL CropWatch April 12, 2011: Field Crop Scout Training Offered in May

UNL CropWatch April 12, 2011: Field Crop Scout Training Offered in May

April 12, 2011

A May 10 UNL Extension crop scout training course will provide crop scouts an opportunity to enhance their skills.

The training is designed for entry level scouts who will be working for crop consultants, industry agronomists, or farm service centers across Nebraska and neighboring states, said Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator.

The course is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the university's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

"Past participants have given the training high marks and state that the knowledge gained from attending greatly enhanced their scouting skills," Glewen said.

Topics include:

  • How corn and soybean plants grow and develop
  • Soybean and corn pests
  • Insect quiz
  • Plant morphology
  • Using a key to identify weed seedlings
  • Identifying weeds and crop diseases
  • Nutrient deficiencies

Participants said benefits of teh training included practical/working knowledge and better accuracy in field scouting, Glewen said. "Other participants appreciated the hands-on, practical format."

Information and Registration

Cost is $120. Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials, and instruction manual. Registrants should preregister to reserve their seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. Updated reference materials are included in this year's take home instruction manual.

A total of 5.5 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units is anticipated in the integrated pest management (4.0), crop production (1.0) and soil fertility (0.5) categories.

For more information or to register, contact the ARDC, CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, Neb., 68033, call (402) 624-8000, fax (402) 624-8010, email cdunbar2@unl.edu or visit http://ardc.unl.edu/cmdc.shtml.

The training is part of the UNL Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics and is sponsored by extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Additional diagnostic clinics are:

  • Mid-Summer Diagnostic Clinic - July 21
  • Mid-Summer Diagnostic Clinic - July 22
  • Late Season Diagnostic Clinic - Aug. 25.


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