Interactive crop scout training available online

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Farm Forum

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach published the Field Crop Scouting book as an online learning tool for crop scouts and other ag professionals in Iowa. This interactive textbook allows individuals to acquire knowledge about multiple crop scouting topics to help create stronger crop production systems in Iowa. These include:

• Corn and soybean growth stages.

• Insect identification.

• Crop diseases.

• Crop disorders.

• Weed identification.

• How to properly scout a field.

• Other topics.

The Field Crop Scouting book was developed for crop scouts, agronomists, commodity groups and others working in the agriculture industry who wish to learn crop scouting basics and to obtain a certificate of successful completion. The certificate will provide verification to employers that they’ve been trained in the basic concepts of crop scouting. Web book tutorials contain guided practice to give the learners experience and confidence. Immediately after the guided tutorials, assessment of student comprehension is conducted to test understanding of concepts.

The Field Crop Scouting book is $9.99 and can be purchased online at Bleep Blorp Books ( The online book contains a wealth of information and provides:

• High-resolution images.

• Videos.

• Slideshows.

• Interactive graphs.

• Animated figures.

Readers will be able to move easily from one topic to another and explore issues based on their interests. The learning tool can be accessed through any online browser or mobile device.

The online book is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University and the United States Department for Agriculture.