Farmers and crop scouts can identify and keep track of soybean and corn field problems throughout the season by using a new series of field crop scouting cards. The cards were produced by the Iowa State University (ISU) Integrated Pest Management program with support from the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).

The series includes nine scouting cards: early, mid- and late-season soybean scouting; early, mid- and late-season corn scouting; and problem-specific cards for white mold, soybean aphid and stink bugs. As a recordkeeping tool, the cards can be used to keep track of pest problems in specific fields over time, which then can be referenced when making future decisions. Color images and descriptions on disease and pest cards will simplify the identification of crop issues.

"Identifying insects, diseases and other issues is a critical part of making good management decisions in corn and soybean," says Daren Mueller, ISU Extension plant pathologist. "These publications can be used by crop scouts as a calling card to let the farmer know the field has been scouted and as a record of any problems in the field."

The scouting cards were developed to complement the Iowa State field guide series. Several publications in the field guide series and the soybean scouting cards were partially funded by ISA through the soybean checkoff.

ISA CEO Kirk Leeds says, "ISA is proud to continue to partner with Iowa State on the production and distribution of these useful scouting guides. For more than 40 years, the soybean checkoff program has been working with leading researchers and extension specialist at ISU to provide Iowa's farmers the latest agronomic information. These guides are another in a series of joint publications all aimed at helping soybean farmers more effectively manage their soybean acres."

Scouting cards can be ordered from the ISU Extension Online Store at store.extension.iastate.edu or by calling (515) 294-5247 and requesting the appropriate publication. Copies of the soybean scouting cards can also be obtained by contacting the Iowa Soybean Association at 800-383-1423; pdfs are also available at www.iasoybeans.com/productionresearch/productiontech.html.