Iowa crop scout school is for growers and beginners
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a crop scout school on March 27 at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. The event, held at the farm’s Borlaug Learning Center, is an all-day class designed especially for growers and crop scouts with limited scouting experience (0-2 years).
“The program enables those who attend to apply the information provided that day, back home in the fields for the upcoming crop season,” said Terry Basol, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The main topics include corn and soybean growth and development, weed identification and herbicide injury, corn and soybean diseases and insect pest identification and management. Live plants for weed identification and staging of corn and soybean will be used for a hands-on learning experience in conjunction with a traditional lecture approach. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m., with the program running from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists Basol, Brian Lang, and Rebecca Vittetoe will serve as course instructors.
There is an $80 registration fee, which covers lunch, materials and resources and refreshments for the day. Class size is limited to the first 30 paid registrants, so register early to secure a seat.
To register, download the registration form online at tinyurl.com/txhdgd6. You can also obtain a registration form by contacting your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or Basol at 641-426-6801, or email@example.com. Completed registration forms should be sent to the Borlaug Learning Center (3327 290th St. Nashua, IA 50658) and need to be postmarked no later than March 23.
Directions to the Iowa State University Northeast Research Farm: From Nashua at the junction of Highway 218 (Exit 220) and County Road B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm.