Crop scouts will learn how to better manage pests during a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Crop Scout Training for Pest Managers program on March 17.
The training provides in-depth and detailed information from university specialists and private-industry representatives.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the university's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.
Cost is $95. Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials and an instruction manual. Registrants should pre-register to reserve their seat and to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the training session. New reference materials are included in this year's take-home instruction manual.
Topics include: how corn and soybean plants grow and develop, soybean and corn pests, insect quiz, plant morphology, using a key to identify weed seedlings, identifying weeds, crop diseases and quiz and nutrient deficiencies.
Presenters include: Dale Flowerday, agronomist; Tamra Jackson, UNL Extension plant pathologist; Keith Jarvi, UNL Extension entomologist; Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator; Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator; and Amy Ziems, UNL research technologist
Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available, with four in pest management, one in crop management and one-half in fertility/nutrient management.
UNL Extension is in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.