Agronomy E-Learning Academy (Crop Professional Certificate)

The business of growing crops has become more complicated as agriculture is challenged with increased production demands while minimizing environmental impact. New technologies and a knowledge-based future will require thorough understanding of the entire crop production system. The Agronomy e-Learning Academy gives agricultural professionals essential skills for the future in a convenient format.

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The business of growing crops has become increasingly complicated in recent years, as agriculture has been challenged with growing demands to increase production while minimizing the environmental impact.

New technologies and a knowledge-based future will demand a more thorough understanding of the entire crop production system. Purdue University’s Agronomy e-Learning Academy prepares agriculture professionals for the work of tomorrow in a flexible and convenient format.

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Complete all three of the online courses, Agronomy Essentials, Precision Agriculture, and Nutrient Management, you will receive a personalized, gold foil-embossed framed Crop Professional Certificate in addition to personalized certificates for each individual course.

Our flagship course, providing broad-based agronomic knowledge. The course follows the growing season, beginning with a study of soil and land, then proceeding through seed selection, planting, growth, development, nutrients, diagnostics, pest management, harvest, and storage. This course does not require any background knowledge of agronomy.

The Agronomy Essentials non-credit course is delivered 100% online to meet the needs of professionals in all areas of agriculture. The course provides a comprehensive baseline understanding of agronomy for growers and employees of agricultural service and supply companies. Agronomy Essentials promotes important knowledge that will expand your understanding and communication skills.

Our latest and most advanced course. It covers the chemistry and microbiology of soil and plant nutrients. The latter part of the course includes the selection and application of nutrients in the field. This course is best suited for people with an understanding of agronomy and basic chemistry.

Agricultural nutrient applications are associated with some of today’s most concerning environmental issues, including impacts on water quality and contributions to greenhouse gasses. In addition, crop nutrient expenses are second only to land costs as an overall expense for farmers. Managing nutrients is one of the more complicated aspects of producing crops, as considerations vary by nutrient source, placement, timing, the rate of application, and are dramatically affected by the weather.

Delves into the technology and techniques of site-specific farming. Each weekly module concludes with a video discussion involving farmers and retailers who are successfully using the technology in their profession. This course is best suited for those with at least a basic understanding of agronomy.

Applying technology to crop production through mechanization, fertilizers, crop protection ​chemistry, genetics, and other innovations over the years has resulted in multiple-fold gains in productivity and efficiency. The application of information technology to crop production, known as precision agriculture, has already transformed many aspects of crop production and promises even more. Today’s precision farming era took root in the 1990’s, but its origins go back further from advancements in computer processing, data storage and transmission capabilities, global positioning systems, robotics, and much more.

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