Previous crop scouting reports

September 3  PDF | Audio

August 27  PDF | Audio
August 20  PDF | Audio
August 13  PDF | Audio
August 6  PDF | Audio

July 30  PDF | Audio
July 23  PDF | Audio
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

Insect identification important in treatment decisions

Audio message

Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County, scouted fields north of Lamar, near Irwin on Sept. 10 for the MU Extension crop scouting program. Scheidt offers this advice from the field.

Scheidt observed soybeans in the seed development and full seed stages. Grasshopper feeding was seen on pods and foliage.

“Defoliation threshold levels are 20 percent defoliation after bloom. If grasshopper or any pod feeding insects are present and 5 percent or more pods are damaged, treatment is justified,” said Scheidt.

No pod worms were seen this week. “Once soybeans are at full seed, pod worms do not prefer to feed on them,” said Scheidt.

Threshold level for pod worms in soybeans is 1 per foot or when 5 percent or more pods are damaged. “If pod feeding is old and no pod worms are present, it is likely they have moved on and it is not economical to spray an insecticide,” said Scheidt.

It is important to distinguish pod worms from green clover worm and soybean looper.  Loopers and clover worms generally feed on foliage and not on seeds. Clover worms and loopers also carry a fungus that kills pod worms so they are seen as a beneficial.

Clover worms and loopers are generally bright green in color; clover worms have 3 pro-legs in the middle of their body and loopers have 2 pro-legs in the middle of their body.

Pod worms have 4 prolegs in the middle of their body and range in color; they have stripes running the length of their body and small black dots all over.

Pod worm-Soybean looper-Green clover worm differences

Pod worm - Soybean looper - Green clover worm differences

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:

Measuring and Reducing Corn Havest losses

Lodged corn

Soybean insects 

“Scouting for Podworms in Soybeans.”

Scouting for Corn Earworms in corn

Scouting for Armyworms in wheat

"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