Source: Brent Pringnitz/Integrated Crop Management News and Iowa State University Extension

If you plan to work as a crop scout for the 2009 crop season, you will want to attend the upcoming Crop Scout School offered by Iowa State University Extension. Hands-on sessions will cover identification and scouting methods for weeds, insects and diseases. Workshops on plant growth and development of corn, soybean and alfalfa will be included along with discussion of common field crop problems.

Crop Scout School will be held Saturday, March 7, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in Kildee Hall with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Registration is limited to 120 participants and pre-registration is required. Online registration is available. The program brochure and registration form are available online.

The cost is $80. Registration and fees must be received by March 4. Registrations will not be accepted at the door for this program. The fees cover a scouting notebook, lunch and breaks.

Registration can be completed online with a credit card (MasterCard or VISA only). Registrations also may be faxed with a credit card to (515) 294-1311 or be mailed along with a check or credit card information to: ISU Agribusiness Education Program, 2104B Agronomy Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011-1010. For more information, contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 294-6429 or email

This program is sponsored by ISU Extension and the Departments of Agronomy, Entomology and Plant Pathology.