A crop scout inspects farmers’ fields and records weed, insect, disease and other observations. This is an important role to help farmers make timely, informed and economical field crop decisions.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
Although a degree in agronomy, crop science, weed science etc. is extremely helpful there is no training or education required to be a crop scout. There are crop scout trainings, typically offered through a local extension office or agriculture retailer that would be helpful.
To pursue a career as a crop scout:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, English, biology, chemistry and environmental science.
Where can I work?
Crop scouting if often a side job for people, so it can be done independently. Crop consultants, ag retailers and seed/chemical companies also hire crop scouts to help their customers maximize their yields.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a crop scout will be good over the next five years.
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