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Tri-State Agronomic Scouting School
Jackson County Extension Office
2741 Penn Ave, Marianna, Florida 32448
June 13, 7:30-2pm (CST)

How good are your crop pest identification skills? Do you sometimes struggle trying to control pests in your crops? If you are interested in learning more about insect identification, occurrence, thresholds, and control options for cotton, peanut, corn, or soybean, this meeting is for you!

This scout school is a tri-state collaboration between extension professionals from the University of Florida, University of Georgia, and Auburn University. Although a free event, preregistration is required to get an accurate head count for lunch. This cannot be stressed enough, if you want to be guaranteed food, please call in to preregister. Call the Jackson County Extension Office 850-482-9620 or email ethancarter@ufl.edu.

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Registration will take place from 7:30 am (CST) and the meeting will begin at 8:00 am with cotton pests. We will have lunch at 12:00 pm, followed by a field practical exercise (weather permitting). Demonstration plots will allow extension entomologists to show proper scouting techniques using a beat cloth, sweep net, and individual plant inspection. Several canopy tents will be set up on the edge of the plots to keep the group out of the sun while the entomologists talk and demonstrate the different scouting techniques. Any insects or damage found will be identified as well as questions from the group will be answered.

The scout school will also allow participants to earn Florida and Georgia pesticide CEUs for license renewal, as well as Certified Crop Advisor CEUs for those with that qualification. The field exercise part of the meeting will end at 2:00 pm with the dispersal of CEU forms.

Ethan Carter

Ethan Carter is the Regional Row Crop IPM Agent based in Jackson County. He earned his BS in Food and Resource Economics, and his MS in Agronomy, both from the University of Florida.