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Minnesota 4-H crop scouting team moves on to regionals!

The Swift County 4-H Crop Scouting team and their coach

This year Minnesota 4-H Youth Development held its first 4-H crop scouting event.

But what is crop scouting?

A crop scout inspects farmers’ fields and records weed, insect, disease and other observations. This is an important role to help farmers make timely, informed and economical field crop decisions.

In this year’s event participants had to:

  • Identify insects.
  • Identify weeds.
  • Calculate sprayer nozzles.
  • Know corn and soybean growth stages.
  • Identify plant diseases.

All of the officials were specialized University of Minnesota Extension educators and other agronomists. 

The Swift County team will be representing Minnesota at the upcoming regional event to be held in Iowa. They will be compete against other 4-H members from Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and Kentucky. 

Keep reading 4-H Clover Update or check out the Minnesota 4-H website for more 4-H agronomy related opportunities like start up kits, tours, educational opportunities and the 4-H crop scouting event.