2024 Crop Scout School

Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Check-in begins at 8:30 AM.

Crop Scout School

The Iowa State University Extension Crop Scout School prepares individuals with little or no previous crop scouting experience, providing a foundation of basic skills for crop scouting in the Midwest. Correctly identifying pests in the field is critical for selecting the correct tools to economically manage the issue.

Students will rotate through sessions and have the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with specialists. Live corn and soybean plants and weed samples will be provided to give students the opportunity to look at living plants, rather than pictures, and practice with their field guides and other resources before they go to the field.


8:30 AM Check-in and morning refreshments
9:00 AM Welcome, announcements, introductionsRebecca Vittetoe, Extension field agronomist
9:05 AM General scouting tips and tricks Virgil SchmittExtension field agronomist
9:45 AM

Topic rotations begin
Students divide into groups, rotating through topics:

  • Insects Ashley DeanExtension crop entomologist 
  • Weed IdentificationTerry Basol, Extension field agronomist
  • Crop DiseasesAlison RobertsonExtension crop plant pathologist
  • Crop Physiology and stagingMark LichtExtension cropping systems specialist
12:20   PM Lunch (provided)
1:10 PM

Other potential crop issues and challengesClarabell Probasco and Rebecca Vittetoe
Extension field agronomists

2:00 PM Field session - stand counts, growth staging, and in-field diagnosticsClarabell Probasco, Virgil Schmit, and Rebecca VittetoeExtension field agronomists
3:30  PM      Program concludes

There will be 1.5 PM and 2.0 CM Certified Crop Advisor CEU's offered as part of the Crop Scout School. 


For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact Registration Services at (515) 294-6222 or registrations@iastate.edu.

For all other questions, please contact Rebecca Vittetoe, extension field agronomist, at  712-540-3319, or rka8@iastate.edu.


Cost is $150, and includes lunch, refreshments, and course materials including hard copies of the ISU Corn and Soybean Field Guide, Field Crop Insects Guide, Corn Disease Guide, and Soybean Disease Guide as well as a digital version of the ISU Weed ID Guide and additional course materials.

The registration deadline is 11:59 pm, May 10, 2024. Pre-registration is required to attend, and walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Class size is limited to 60 participants. Registration will close when capacity is reached. Cancellations requesting a refund must be submitted in writing to Registration Services at registrations@iastate.edu​ by May 16, 2024.

Note: Confirmation of registration and receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.