Previous crop scouting reports

October 15  PDF | Audio
October 8  PDF | Audio
October 1  PDF | Audio

September 24  PDF | Audio
September 17  PDF | Audio
September 10  PDF | Audio
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

Final weekly Field Crop Scouting report made October 22

Audio message

Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County, submitted her last weekly field crop scouting report of 2014 on Oct. 22.

Scheidt said what she was seeing locally was consistent with an Oct. 15 Missouri report from the National Agriculture Statistics Service: corn harvest was 51 percent complete. Corn moisture at harvest averaged 17 percent. Corn condition was rated 87 percent good to excellent.

Soybeans turning color progressed to 94 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves progressed to 82 percent. Soybean harvest was 16 percent complete. Soybean condition was rated 74 percent good to excellent.

“This will be the last weekly message of the season. Monthly messages will begin in November and occur on the second Wednesday of every month until February,” said Scheidt.

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