University of Minnesota Extension is offering an all-new crop scouting event for 4-H and FFA youth. The event aims to equip the next generation of agriculturists with crop scouting and pest management skills. U of M Extension youth development educator Brian McNeill hopes youth will get excited about agronomy. “We want to give them real life examples that could possibly lead to a college education and career choice,” says McNeill. During the competition, teams will troubleshoot agronomic issues and identify weeds and insects at hands-on field stations. “Once they register, they’ll work with a volunteer and expert in agronomy to learn about stages of growth, plant diseases, sprayer technology and more.” The state competition will be held July 29 in Benson, with the top two teams advancing to the regional competition in Iowa. More information can be found here.
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