Field scouts should make sure to look out for any irregularities such as dying or rotting plants, eaten vegetation, discolouration, weed growth, increase in insects, or anything that stands out. When scouting for specific issues, it is important to know the best time of day, month, or season to look, as well as pest thresholds, indicators on the plant, and the crop stage it may effect. Scouting can be outsourced or done by the grower. When dealing with new crop species, it can be a good idea to consult with experts to understand things to look out for.
Due to advancements in technology, new tools such as mobile and computer apps, drones, field instruments, and GPS geo-tagging have helped catch issues faster and more effectively. These new technologies also provide more data with reporting that enables the grower to review information more accurately than traditional methods.