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Nebraska producers learn scouting skills at UNL training sessions

Published on 21 May 2010
Producers in class

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension provided crop scouts with an opportunity to enhance their skills during crop scout training sessions in March and May at at the university's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The training was designed for entry level scouts who will be working for crop consultants, industry agronomists or farm service centers across Nebraska and neighboring states, said Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator.

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

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Topics included: how corn and soybean plants grow and develop, soybean and corn pests, insect quiz, identifying weeds – plant morphology, using a key to identify weed seedlings, identifying 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.

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Participants also earned 5.5 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units is anticipated in the integrated pest management (4.0), crop production (1.0) and soil fertility (.5) categories.

For more information or to register, contact the ARDC, CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, Neb., 68033, call (402) 624-8000, fax (402) 624-8010, e-mail or visit the Web at Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics.

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The training is part of the UNL Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics and is sponsored by Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Additional diagnostic clinics include: Mid-Summer Diagnostic Clinic, July 20; Mid-Summer Diagnostic Clinic, July 21; and Late Season Diagnostic Clinic, Aug. 19.  FG

Information and photos provided by Deloris Pittman, Marketing & Promotions Manager for UNL Agricultural Research & Development Center.

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