Previous crop scouting reports

July 16  PDF | Audio
July 9  PDF | Audio
July 2  PDF | Audio

June 25  PDF | Audio
June 18  PDF | Audio
June 11  PDF | Audio
June 4  PDF | Audio

May 28  PDF | Audio
May 21  PDF | Audio
May 14  PDF | Audio
May 7  PDF | Audio

April 30  PDF | Audio
April 23  PDF | Audio
April 16  PDF | Audio
April 9  PDF | Audio
April 2  PDF | Audio

March 26  PDF | Audio
March 19  PDF | Audio
March 12  PDF | Audio
March 5  PDF | Audio

Crop scouting reports

Crop scouting is an essential part of integrated pest management (IPM). Scouting programs are designed to protect and maximize crop yield and quality while minimizing the risk associated with pesticide use. 

Each week, extension agronomy specialists and agronomy assistants scout fields in Barton County and then report their findings through an automated phone service and email message. The message will go out to everyone signed up for the program.

The cost of the program is only $35 per phone number, $95 for three numbers, and $30 per phone number for those with 4 or more. For more information about the program, call the Barton County Extension Center at 417-682-3579. 

To receive the 2013 weekly scouting reports, print the 2014 Crop Scouting
Enrollment Form
, complete and return with payment to Barton County Extension, 801 E 12th, Lamar, MO 64759.

Current weekly report

Scout for podworms in blooming soybeans

Audio message

Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County, scouted fields south of Lockwood near Hwy. 97on July 23 for the crop scouting program. Scheidt offers this advice from the field.

Corn is in the milk stage and should enter the soft dough stage soon. “Very little Japanese beetles and corn earworms were seen in corn. Corn earworm feed at the tip of the ear while other worms like armyworms feed near the middle or base of the ear. Any injury to the ear will make the ear more susceptible to disease,” said Scheidt. A video from Scheidt about scouting for corn earworms is available online at:

Soybeans are in the third trifoliate and bloom stage, pods should begin to form soon. “Monitor blooming soybeans for podworms. Podworms are many different colors and can have longitude stripes; to differentiate between other worms, look for black dots all over the body, this is an identifier of podworm,” said Scheidt. Threshold levels are 1 per foot of row or when 5 percent or more pods are damaged.

“Not much insect feeding was seen,” said Scheidt. Threshold levels for all foliage feeding insects in soybeans are 30% defoliation before bloom and 20 percent defoliation during or after bloom.

Scheidt says soybean cyst nematodes were found in one field. “If there is an area of stunted growth, pull up a plant and examine the roots for small circular growths, looking like miniature nodules- these are soybean cyst nematodes,” said Scheidt. These parasites can severely stunt growth and reduce yields. In order to manage SCN, rotate with non-host crops like corn, wheat or sorghum and control weeds.

Field with Soybean Cyst Nematodes

Field with Soybean Cyst Nematode

Soybean Cyst Nematode

Soybean Cyst Nematode

More Information
The weekly field scouting report is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and Barton County Extension. For more information on this scouting report, or to learn how to receive it a week earlier by telephone, contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, (417) 682-3579.

Links to other resources:

Lodged corn

Soybean insects 

VIDEO: A video about scouting for Corn Earworms in corn can be viewed at:

VIDEO: A video about scouting for Armyworms in wheat can be viewed at:

"Crop Nutrient Deficiencies and Toxicities"

"Managing Nitrogen in Wet and Dry Years" by Peter Scharf:

MU Extension Corn Insect Pests Diagnostic guide

MU Extension publication G7112, Black cutworm guide

Corn Freeze Damage (PDF)

Spring Freeze Injury (PDF)

Frost Freeze to corn and soybeans (PDF)

2013 Pest Management Guide

Current soil temperatures in Lamar are updated every 5 minutes and can be found at