Agronomy Distance Education Courses


Agronomy Essentials

(January-April 2015) Syllabus​
Agronomy Essentials is an online course developed and delivered by Purdue University, to meet the needs of companies in increasing the agronomy knowledge of their workforce.  Students will be provided science-based concepts and examples to equip them to understand soils, cropping systems, tillage, soil conservation, precision farming, plant nutrition and soil fertility, crop protection/pest management, crop growth and development.  Topics will be arranged around the sequence of the field activities surrounding crop production and relate directly to the decisions that farmers and their advisers make.

Content will be delivered in an engaging, professionally produced format that will include video, reading, applications including problem sets, case studies, self-assessments, and on online glossary.  Content will be arranged in 27 modules offered in a twelve-week period.  Students will be evaluated on their mastery of subjects via online quizzes, and their progress will be tracked to ensure timely completion. The first offering will be January-April 2015, then offered twice again in 2015.  Plans are to offer the course three times per year.​

Those who successfully complete Agronomy Essentials will receive a Certificate of Completion and 25 continuing education units that have been pre-approved for the Certified Crop Adviser program.  The course also provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for individuals that are preparing to take the Certified Crop Adviser exams​.