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. Learners are 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 are arranged around the
sequence of the field activities surrounding crop production and relate
directly to the decisions that farmers and their advisers make.
Content is delivered in
an engaging, professionally produced format that includes 100 HD videos
accompanied by additional reading, graphics and online glossary to help
illustrate concepts. Content is arranged in 26 modules within six major
units. They are presented over a
twelve-week period. Students are tested on their mastery of the material via
5-point tests after each module. The course will be offered from June 24
through September 16 and again from September 30 through December 23, 2015. The course will take an average of 26 to 30
hours to complete.
Those who successfully complete
Agronomy Essentials will receive a Certificate of Completion and 25 Continuing
Education Units for the Certified Crop Adviser program. The course also
provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for individuals who are preparing
to take the Certified Crop Adviser exams.