One tool to make your job easier and get the most from your fields is a scouting kit. Having your seasonal tools pulled together can save you time and frustration.
“It’s really important before we go to the field to get a scouting kit pulled together, so when you are out there you don’t say ‘Oh, I wish I would have had…’,” says Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer.
Bauer says it’s important to change out some items in your scouting kits as the season progresses. For example, you may need a soil thermometer before planting but don’t need it later.
Here’s your list for a complete field scouting kit:
Hat (preferably one that goes over your ears at tasseling time)
Film Containers (good for collecting in-field samples of insects)