Monthly Archives: September 2015

What’s that field’s story?

DECATUR, Ill. — Is it Palmer amaranth, redroot pigweed or common waterhemp? Is that gray leaf spot or northern corn leaf blight? Is there corn rootworm pressure? What is the threshold for European corn borer?

Agronomists can quickly identify plant diseases, pest pressure and thresholds, but it may be more challenging for others because how closely field problems resemble one another.

A trio of Iowa “farm boys” developed a tool while in college to simplify crop scouting and move it away from notepads to iPads. The story of ScoutPro began when Michael Koenig, Stuart McCulloh and Holden Nyhus were enrolled in an Entrepreneurship in Agriculture class at Iowa State University in 2010.