Two Midsouth universities have scheduled insect scout schools for the spring. Mississippi State University will host a comprehensive Virtual Insect Scout School that is already available online to interested viewers. The University of Tennessee will host an in-person training on scouting cotton on Friday, May 28.
MSU Scout School
Due to the uncertainty of being allowed to hold face-to-face meetings during the early planning sessions for their Insect Scout Schools, organizers decided to pre-record the entire scout school for General Thresholds, Cotton, Corn, Grain Sorghum, and Soybean Insect Pests. Each section will cover basic biology, thresholds, and management of key pests in the major crops grown in Mississippi.
In 2021 it will only be available in virtual format. At the end of the last video, viewers will have the opportunity to scan a QR code for 3 hours of Pest Management CEU’s for Certified Crop Advisor’s, and/or fill out a page to renew the Entomology portion of their Mississippi Ag Consultants License.
UT Cotton Scout School
The UT Cotton Scout School is scheduled for the last Friday of the month, May 28, at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd, Jackson, Tenn.). There is no fee to attend, and preregistration is not required. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. Content will include classroom and hands-on training with an optional ‘go-to-the-field session’ after a box lunch. Topics covered will include cotton development and identification and symptoms of insect pests, plant diseases, and weeds.