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Start your crop scouting team in time for the 4-H Crop Scouting Competition

Three youth crop scouters looking at weeds

Now is the perfect time of year to start your 4-H crop scouting team! Teams should include 3-5 youth (grades seven and up) and two adult coaches. A team can be made up of members from different counties.

What is a crop scout?

A crop scout inspects farmers’ fields, recording information on weeds, insects, diseases and other factors. Crop scouts play an important role, helping farmers to make timely, informed and economical field crop decisions. A 4-H crop scouting team does the same thing.

4-H Crop Scouting Competition

The 4-H Crop Scouting Competition will be held July 27 at the Bayer research plot just south of Benson, Minnesota. At the event, teams will compete against each other, inspecting for insects, weeds, disease, corn and soybean growth stages and more. Working together, teams will rotate between stations, earning points as they compete for the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the national event in Indiana!

Registration is now open to sign your team up for the July 27 event. Form your team today and start preparing for this unique opportunity!

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4-H Crop Scouting

July 27, 2020

8:45am - 1:00pm

Bayer Research Farm, Benson