For six years, Iowa State University has hosted a youth crop scouting competition. High school students from 9th to 12th grade come out to compete for prizes and learn from scouting experts.
They join together in teams and go to different booths to test on disease, weeds, bugs and other problems in corn and soybeans.
One of the team leaders, Joe Shirbroun says, "Today we're competing in a crop competition. We brought two teams down from Clayton county today to test our knowledge out in the fields."
He says, "So we're excited. They're working on diseases out in the field trying to study soybean diseases."
Warren Pierson with the field extension lab at Iowa State University says, "Most of the kids have a good time, have a lot of fun out here and they actually learn a lot to while they're going through the different tents that we have. They learn from the extension specialists and students that have been working on projects for quite a while."
Shirbroun says, There'll be one kid in there that'll have a passion for something whether it be the bugs or diseases or just plain studying the corn plant itself and if we can help them understand that a little bit better and set the stage for a new plateau for their education, why, this is where it starts today."
There were eight stations: insects, weeds, diseases, nematodes, nitrogen damage, growth stages, plant populations and morphology.
The first place prize. was five hundred dollars.