Registration open for 2017 Iowa Youth Crop Scouting Competition

March 23, 2017 4:24 PM
Blog Post

The Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is pleased to present the 7th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa youth.

High school students (those completing grades 9-12) from Iowa are invited to compete and showcase their crop scouting abilities in corn and soybean. The competition will be a one-day event at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone, Iowa.

The purpose of the Iowa Crop Scouting Competition is to provide students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of IPM for corn and soybean, and to obtain knowledge and skills helpful in future careers related to agricultural and environmental sciences. Students will be able to learn directly from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach campus specialists and agronomists.

To register, please submit the registration form by July 1, 2017. For questions about registration or the Crop Scouting Competition, please contact Adam Sisson at

  • Download Registration Form: 2017_crop_scouting_competition_registration.pdf
  • Event Date: July 31, 2017              
  • Location: Field Extension Education Laboratory at 1928 240 St., Boone, IA.
  • Time: Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Competition will start at 8:30 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m.
  • Prizes: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $150 for 3rd, and $50 for 4th place. Each participant will also receive a free event t-shirt or hat. The top two teams will be invited to the regional competition, held in Indiana on August 28.

2016 State and Regional Crop Scouting Competition Highlights

  • Watch video of the 2016 Crop Scouting Competition:

            2016 Crop Scouting Competition Winners

  • View 2016 winners and competition highlights:

            Iowa Teams Place First, Second in 2016 Regional Crop Scouting Competition

            State Crop Scouting Winners Look Forward to Regional Competition

            Overview of 2016 Crop Scouting Competition Winners


For more information about the competition and contest rules and regulations, visit: 2017 Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth

Information compiled and written by Jody Korthaus
Image by Brandon Kleinke


Daren Mueller Professor

Daren Mueller is an associate professor and extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University. He is also the coordinator of the Iowa State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Daren received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and his master's degree a...

Adam Sisson Extension Specialist

Adam Sisson is an extension specialist with the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program and a Certified Crop Adviser. Sisson focuses on the development of publications and other educational resources for farmers, agribusi...