Nebraska Extension offers field crop scout training in May

April 27, 2016

Lincoln, Neb. — A May 11 Nebraska Extension training course will provide crop scouts an opportunity to enhance their skills.

The training is designed for entry-level scouts who will work for crop consultants, industry agronomists or farm service centers in Nebraska and neighboring states, said Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension educator.

The course is from 8:25 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration at 8 a.m. at the university's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

"Past participants have consistently given the training high marks and state that the knowledge gained from attending improved their scouting skills," Glewen said.

Topics and presenters include: How Corn and Soybean Plants Grow and Develop; Soybean and Corn Insect Management; Using Knowledge of Plant Morphology and a Seedling Identification Key to ID Weeds; Crop Diseases and Quiz; and Nutrient Deficiencies.

"Some of the benefits registrants stated the training provided included practical/working knowledge and better accuracy in field scouting," Glewen said. "Other participants appreciated the hands-on, practical format." 

Cost for the program is $165, which includes lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials and instruction manual. Attendees should preregister to reserve their seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. Updated reference materials are included in this year's take-home instruction manual. 

A total of six Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units is anticipated in the integrated pest management (4.5), crop management (1.0) and fertility/nutrient management (.5) categories. 

For more information or to register, visit or call 800-529.8030.  

The training is part of the Nebraska Extension crop management diagnostic clinics and is sponsored by extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Keith Glewen
Nebraska Extension