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The sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa youth

by Whitney Flach

According to the ISU Extension and Outreach News, this month the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition occurred for Iowa youth. The competition is conducted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone, Iowa.

Eight Iowa teams participated in the competition, which consisted of Iowa youth from grades 9th through 12th. A written test was given to each participant, and teams were judged by ISU Extension and Outreach specialists at eight field stations located throughout the Field Extension Education Lab. The teens were tested on their knowledge of crop insects and diseases, crop growth and development, and weed identification.

The competition provides an opportunity to work and learn from ISU Extension and Outreach specialists. The first place overall winning team was Clayton County Team. The second place overall team, was Kuhlman Seed from Denison, Iowa. The top two teams have the chance to compete at the Regional Crop Scouting Competition.

Randall Kuhlman, team leader of Kuhlman Seed said, “We’re really looking forward to the Regional Crop Scouting Competition.”

On Wednesday August 31, The Regional Crop Scouting Competition will be held in Boone at the ISU Field Extension Education Lab.