Crop Scouting Update Workshop

April 23, 1999
New and experienced crop scouts or producers who would like a refresher course before entering their fields for the 1999 growing season should plan to attend the Scouting Update Workshop on May 25 at the Crops Training Center, Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, near Shabbona, Illinois. The workshop is designed for those who have a basic knowledge of terminology and some level of experience in crop production.

Be prepared to test your diagnostic skills. Test plots will challenge your scouting abilities as you work in a group to correctly identify and evaluate mystery pests. At each plot you will complete a scouting form, reporting information such as stage of crop growth and problems that are apparent in that "field." You will be able to share your diagnoses during the discussions that follow. University specialists and educators will be on hand to give hints about deciphering the clues that lead to a correct diagnosis. The workshop will emphasize scouting techniques, economic thresholds, and crop conditions. Although sessions will focus on early season problems in corn, soybeans, and forages, significant pests that occur throughout the crop season will also be addressed.

Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop begins at 9:00 with a "scouting refresher" to review basic scouting skills (for example, how and when to scout). In-depth sessions on corn, soybeans, and forages will take place in "fields" that have been designed to challenge even the most experienced field scouts. The workshop should conclude by 3:30 p.m.

The preregistration fee for the workshop is $55 and is due by May 14. The late registration fee is $75. The fee includes both course materials and lunch. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be offered. Additional information and registration forms for the Scouting Update Workshop are available from the Rockford Extension Center at (815)397-7714.--Ellen Phillips

Author: Ellen Phillips