Project Leader: 
Dr. Kiersten Wise, Dr. Carrie Knott, Dr. Chad Lee, Dr. Raul Villanueva, Dr. Travis Legleiter, Dr. Ricardo Bessin, Dr. Edwin Ritchey
Plant Pathology, Plant and Soil Sciences, and Entomology
Funding Received: 

The Crop Scouting Competition will consist of 10 hands-on field scouting exercises in both corn and soybeans, that will focus on basic crop agronomics, pest ID (weeds, insects, diseases) and the decision making processes for improved management. Judges, primarily university Extension specialists and graduate students, score teams  based on the students' answers to various questions. They also instruct and interact with the students as time allows. Prizes will be awarded to the three teams with the highest scores. The competition will begin in the morning and conclude with a provided lunch. Winners of the Kentucky Crop Scouting Competition are eligible to compete in the National Crop Scouting Competition and compete against high school teams from other states. The long-term goal of this project is to make this an annual event, and eventually host a national competition at the UKREC and Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in Princeton.