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Crop Application Specialist

20-006-1 Certificate (C) 26 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Custom crop applicators are in demand. This program prepares you with the skills you will need including pest management, plant science, weed identification, agronomy equipment and crop scouting. You’ll also learn about agribusiness, crop production and computer programs specific to the field. Earn this state-recognized certificate to further your career in agribusiness.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Integrated Pest Mgmt & Weed Identification
Acquaints students with the general use, safety, laws and regulations for chemical application in Wisconsin. Completion of the Wisconsin Commercial Applicators Certification is an optional portion of the course. Identification of the major weeds found in Wisconsin crop lands is emphasized.
Agricultural Crop Production
Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.
Introduction to Soils
Provides fundamental knowledge of soils and growth media. Course topics include soil formation and development, soil components, soil profile, soil classification and soil conservation. Students will experience soils concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Precision Ag Overview
Provides an overview of precision farming concepts and the tools of precision farming (GPS, GIS and VRT). Covers the introductory use of each of these tools in the processes of a precision farming system. Hands-on activities with real farm data will provide an initial experience in the use of these tools. Economic and environmental benefits will also be discussed.
Crop Scouting Training
Includes hands-on identification and management of insects, diseases and seedling weeds found in Wisconsin crops. Crop development and herbicide damage issues will also be covered.
Agribusiness Work Experience
Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.
Crop Science
Provides fundamental knowledge of the major crops grown in Wisconsin. Topics include crop growth and development, physiology, and nutrition; seed germination and selection; environmental factors and agronomic problems that affect crop development.
Agronomy Equipment
Provides students with an overview of various types of agronomy-related equipment including chemical and fertilizer applicators, planters and grain drills. Equipment operation, maintenance, calibration and safety will be emphasized. Both large and small equipment will be operated during the class.
Advanced Precision Agriculture
Explores future trends in the precision agriculture field. This course will expose students to new and emerging trends as they become available to the agriculture and precision farming industry. Students will learn how the technology works through hands-on activities and will also learn how to adapt the technology to current practices.
Prereq: Precision Ag Overview (10006154)

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