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Virtual Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Jared Goplen, Extension Educator, Crops and Brian McNeill, Extension Educator, Youth Development

The University of Minnesota Extension 4-H program is excited to announce that the 2nd annual crop scouting competition will still be held this summer. The crop scouting competition aims to equip the next generation of farmers and ag-industry specialists with basic crop scouting and pest management skills helpful for any career in agriculture, environmental sciences, or food production.

The competition has been redesigned in a virtual format and now offers both individual and team competitions. We are currently accepting registrations for both individuals and teams (from 7th grade – 1 year post-high school). If you know youth that might be interested, encourage them to sign-up as an individual or as a team.

Teams and individuals can put their knowledge and critical thinking skills to the test in pest management and agronomy. The individual competition includes a short “crop scouting” quiz and a “situations” component where individuals will be asked to diagnose a set of real-world issues. The team event will combine individual scores along with a “cropping issues scavenger hunt” and a team “crop diagnostics” event.

Event Details

  • Competition date: August 6-12, 2020
  • Orientation: August 6, 2020, 10:00 a.m. (Will be recorded)
  • Registration: Open now until August 6th. Applicants will receive hats if registered by July 31st! 
  • Who: NEW this year, open to both:
    1. Individuals (completed 7th grade through one-year post-high school) or
    2. Teams of 3-5 (completed 7th grade through one-year post-high school)
  • Cost: No cost to attend!
  • Cash prizes
    • Team:            1st Place = $200     2nd Place = $100
    • Individual:    1st Place = $50       2nd Place = $25


Register your team online at before August 6, 2020. Applicants will receive hats if registered by July 31st. Once registered, coaches will be supplied with materials needed to help the team for the competition. Start now and get a team together to compete!

For More Information or to Volunteer

If you would be interested in volunteering to be a coach or assistant to help youth explore opportunities in crop scouting and agronomy, or have additional questions, contact Brian McNeill at or 320-589-1711, ext 2131 or visit the website:

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