Thursday, August 13, 2020

Group of local students have successful virtual competition

Roughly two weeks ago on July 30th, youth in grades 8-12 from across Iowa tested their Integrated Pest Management Skills through a variety of tasks and challenges. Though this is the 10th year of the youth crop scouting competition, it is the first time it has been conducted virtually. Participants met with judges via video conference to answer questions, make diagnoses, and demonstrate their pest management knowledge.

 

Receiving first was the team sponsored by Kuhlman Seed from Crawford County. The winning team is made up of members Tom Welch, Maci Kaub, Ethan Holdsworth, Emma Reisz, and Cole Carlson

 

During the video conferences, judges asked questions and contestants diagnosed field issues using photos and videos. Video conference stations focused on general principles of IPM, abiotic injury, pesticide use, sprayer calibration, growth stages and crop morphology. The goal of the competition was to both test and increase students knowledge in the areas of IPM, crop growth, and pest identification as well as display the many careers available in agriculture.

 

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