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Agronomy (Crop Science) Technical Diploma

Program Code: 310904

Production agronomists are critical in the implementation of a farm’s cropping program. With emphasis on dairy cropping systems, the Agronomy technical diploma will provide you with knowledge and hands-on experience to become a skilled production agronomist. You’ll be prepared to oversee the implementation of manure management practices, weed control, pest management, forage harvest, tillage, grain harvesting and feed storage. As a program student, you’ll learn the following critical skills and concepts for ensuring optimum utilization of farm resources under variable cropping and weather conditions: Optimization of yield and quality for feed production, sustainable balance of nutrient management and environmental compliance, operation and maintenance of various implements of husbandry utilized on the farm, and integration of precision agriculture technology aspects.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Farm Production-Agronomy, 100904


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

• Crop scout

• Equipment operator

• Field manager

• Farm equipment sales

• Environmental compliance support technician


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent (for a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Green Bay ---
Marinette ---
Sturgeon Bay ---

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Agronomy technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-090-301 INTRO TO AGRONOMY ...this class provides a fundamental introduction to agronomy careers and opportunities. Through hands-on activities, class speakers, in-person tours, and site visits, students will gain a basic understanding of the opportunities in agronomy careers. Students will also develop an understanding of the basic agronomic crops and evaluation of alternative crops. Topics include: variety selection, planting and fertility options. Students will be familiar with all inputs in a cropping plan and features and benefits of the feed and economic value of all options.
10-090-302 BASIC SOILS ...course is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge of soil and soil composition. Students will study soil types, formation factors, physical properties, biological properties and basic soil chemistry. Units covering tillage, conservation, pH and soil management will also be included. Students will gain the skills required to interpret soil survey maps and recognize qualities of various soil types as well as perform soil sampling, residue measurements, compaction assessments and soil loss determinations per crop rotation guidelines.
10-090-312 PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) ...field scouting techniques, weed, insect, disease ID stressed. Class will enable student to scout corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat with supervision from the instructor.
10-090-303 AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMICS ...basic knowledge of macro and micro economics will be taught, proficiency in developing basic cash flows, cost benefit analysis, enterprise analysis, budget development, profit loss statements and developing cost of production. Student should be able to develop adequate information for farm manager to analyze business proposals.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arithmetic score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 573; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-093-309 CROP SCOUTING INTERNSHIP …a supervised internship will provide hands on experience in the field for critical pests and yield estimates for student and farm. Weekly sessions will be conducted in a group session to discuss current findings and prepare for the next weeks pest(s) of concern. This will add confidence to the student and offer value to the host farm (Prerequisite: 10-090-312, Principles of IPM; Corequisite: 10-093-306, Forage Quality)
10-070-305 FIELD EQUIPMENT & MAINTENANCE...understanding of implements utilized in the production of field crops and waste handling. Basic machinery handling skills, maintenance, safety and troubleshooting. Access to and understanding of technical manuals, harvest data, GPS operations, load handling and field communications.
10-093-306 FORAGE QUALITY ...aspects of cutting height, harvest dates, harvest schedule, plant moisture, plant varieties, forage additives, milk per acre and use specific forages. Students in both agronomy and dairy science should utilize this course as the impacts from one enterprise affect overall profitability. Aspects of feed/forage analysis as well as feed utilization will be emphasized.
10-090-307 PRECISION AG TECHNOLOGIES ...gathering and management of digital data will be covered for understanding the value and mechanics of weather gathering, drone operations, chemical compatibility, pest ID, crop record keeping, equipment maintenance and yield mapping.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Communicate technical information
• Operate and maintain farm implements
• Identify and assess crops and implement practices to achieve profitability
• Perform entry level duties on dairy and crop farms