Bug Scout 1982
Who Should Give You Crop Advice?
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Are you sure your new crop consultants are up on the latest technology?
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March 20, 1982

You get what you pay for!  How many times have you heard that statement?  Paying for advice on agricultural matters is more and more common.  This is especially true as farming technology gets more complicated.  Good crop consultants can be valuable additions to a management team, especially in poor economic times.

Be wary of crop consultants that make "arm chair" decisions.  Using their services is like buying 40% germinating seed.  Good crop consultants make management suggestions based on actual field and crop information - scouting and soil tests, for example.  Watch out for gimmicks such as cure-all soil amendments or aerial photography without ground truth.

Hiring a poor crop consultant and paying alimony are both like buying oats for a dead horse!

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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