(January-April 2015) SyllabusAgronomy 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.
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.