Content Exchange

Seven teams from across Nebraska took part in the Sixth Annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth held July 23, at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Neb.

The students (completing 5-12th grades) participated by completing a written knowledge test and seven crop scouting exercises in field plots. The purpose of the competition was to provide students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for corn and soybeans in Nebraska, to obtain knowledge and skills that will be helpful in future careers and to demonstrate newer crop scouting technologies.

Teams were expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields including: crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; and disease, insect and weed seedling identification.

Top-scoring teams won: $500 for first, $250 for second and $100 for third place. The top two teams will represent Nebraska at the regional competition to be held in Iowa Aug. 26.

Results from the 2019 competition were as follows:

  • First place — Colfax County 4-H (R. J. Bayer, Jestin Bayer, Austin Steffensmeier, Logan Nelson and Brad Kratochvil)
  • Second place — Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club No. 1 (Payton Schiller, Levi Schiller, Matthew Rolf and Kaleb Hasenkamp)
  • Third place — Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club No. 2 (Landon Hasenkamp, Ethan Kreikmeier, James Rolf and Ian Schiller)

Also participating were:

  • Humphrey FFA with Bryce Classen, Jacob Brandl and Mikayla Martensen
  • Twin River FFA with Keaton Zarek, Kyle Kemper, Jacob Czarnick and Landon Cuba
  • Auburn FFA with Kellen Moody, Austin Youngquit, Braden Gerdes and Riley Stukenholtz
  • Wayne FFA with Justus Greves, Noah Lutt, Tyler Reinhardt, Elle Barnes and Alyssa Carlson

This program was sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, the Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association and Farm Credit Services of America in collaboration with Nebraska Extension. If you know of a company or you would are interested in sponsoring the 2020 program, please contact Brandy VanDeWalle at

This article originally ran on

Stay Informed