Virtual Crop Scouting School Now Available from Crop Protection Network

The 2021 Virtual Crop Scout School is now available and is free to the general public. The scout school consists of 22 webinars from crop protection specialists at eleven Midwest Universities and is offered through the Crop Protection Network (CPN).

Crop scouts, farmers, and other users can pick and choose from a variety of diverse subjects to become more knowledgeable on crop scouting. Topics are split into digestible sections so users can focus their time on topics that fit their needs. 

Crop scouting in an important part of integrated pest management (IPM) that helps farmers obtain higher yields and increased profit per acre. Scouting gives farmers and agronomists a “heads-up” about what is happening in the field, allowing preemptive action and appropriate management decisions to be applied.

Scouting crop fields on a regular basis can help to determine emerging crop problems and helps to inform management decisions. Image by Brandon Kleinke.
Scouting crop fields on a regular basis can help to determine emerging crop problems and helps to inform management decisions. Image by Brandon Kleinke.

“The Virtual Crop Scout School is coming on the heels of a web book on crop scouting released by CPN earlier this year,” said Daren Mueller, Extension associate professor at Iowa State University. “Crop scouting can do a lot to bring greater yields to farmers’ fields.”

The CPN has partnered with universities all over the Midwest to make these webinars a reality. This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program through the North Central IPM Center (2018-70006-28883).

The CPN is a multi-state and international partnership of university and provincial Extension specialists, and public and private professionals that provides unbiased, research-based information. The Network’s goal is to communicate relevant information to farmers and agricultural personnel to help with decisions related to protecting field crops.

Access the Crop Scout School here.

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