The Crop Scout Technical Diploma is a 25 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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ORIENTATION TO AGRONOMY (10093101)

1.00

Familiarizes learners with the Agriculture Center of Excellence and standard operating procedures. Learners will begin to develop a strategic college plan. Learners will be exposed to the various opportunities available throughout their program of study. This course will acquaint students with basic agronomy practices and learners will begin the process of managing 100 acres of cropland that will continue throughout the program.

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AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT SAFETY (10093103)

2.00

Introduces learners to the work environment of an agriculture equipment technician. Safety and the use of basic hand and power tools will help the learners work safely and efficiently. Additionally, learners will cover various types of equipment safe operation both in a shop and farm environment. Learners will be completing agriculture equipment driving examination.

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CROP SCOUTING TECHNIQUES (10093104)

3.00

Provides hands-on training in pest identification, lifecycle and crop damage symptoms. Learners will monitor crop growth and development, as well as economic impacts of crop damage. Common methods of controlling pests will be discussed.

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PESTICIDE/FERTILIZER EQUIPMENT (10093105)

3.00

Familiarizes learners with pest management practices. Pest management requires modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides and there is a vast array of equipment of the market. Learners will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make an effective, safe and efficient application following label instructions. Learners will examine methods of application, equipment choices, calibration and cleaning. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to sit for the pesticide applicator exam.

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COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION (10091135)

3.00

Examines the principles of farm crop production, including classification, growth and management of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, barley, as well as other Midwest crops. Learners will explore soil preparation, plant physiology, planting dates, planting depths and seeding rates for various types of crops. Furthermore, learners will engage in the study of plant structure identification. Different types of equipment used in planting and harvesting will be explored and discussed during the course.

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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT (10091140)

2.00

Explores grid sampling sizes, plant nutrient analysis, CEC, base saturation and nutrient management planning. Learners will apply classroom theory through hands-on activities such as grid sampling, plant identification and pest identification. Furthermore, learners will gain a greater understanding of plant nutrient testing and the implication of soil sampling test results. Learners will examine soil conservation practices, soil nutrition and pesticide application.

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PLANT SCIENCE AND WEED ID (10093107)

3.00

Examines plant development, structure and factors that affect plant growth. Learners will gain the necessary skills to identify common production crops in Wisconsin. Through hands-on exploration, text and classroom activities, learners will practice identifying plants and weeds.

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INTRODUCTION TO SOILS (10093102)

2.00

Examines basic soil and plant relationships. Soil fertility is important in considering the role that the soil plays with regard to the availability of nutrients to plants. Learners will study nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium and magnesium as it relates to soil condition. Learners will practice appropriate sampling, analyzing and interpretation of soil sample results.

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INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION AGRICULTURE (10093108)

3.00

Explores agricultural applications of GPS, yield monitoring systems and mapping. Learners will gain experience in operating equipment and software designed to support the production crop industry.

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AGRICULTURE WATER MANAGEMENT (10093110)

3.00

Examines the use of water capacities, drought and water limiting conditions. Additionally crops such as cranberries and potatoes rely on irrigation for production, and learners will have the opportunity to explore irrigation on these crops in Wisconsin. Learners will examine various methods of irrigation and equipment during the course.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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