Crop Science (Agronomy) Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Crop Science (Agronomy)

Associate Degree

Agronomy is the area of agriculture that focuses on the principles and practices of crop production and field management. Production management centers on the science of strategically managing land, water, plants, labor and other inputs, such as seeds, nutrients, pesticides and machinery to produce food and fiber in a sustainable and profitable manner. Practical hands-on learning opportunities are infused with theory throughout the program. Studies include the four major categories of crop management: soil and crop management, pest management, nutrient management and water management. During the program, learners will actively manage 100 acres and complete an internship work experience. Jobs in this area are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have a valid driver’s license to operate equipment, above average computer skills and possess good oral, reading and writing skills. In addition, professionals in this area tend to spend a great deal of their time working outdoors. Potential occupations include: Cranberry Marsh Worker, Farm Laborer, Irrigation Worker, Harvest Worker, Seasonal Elevator Worker, Seasonal Pesticide Applicator Specialist, Sales Representative, Crop Scout, Crop Research Assistant, Custom Applicator, Crop Insurance Professional, Buyer-Crop Protectants, Field Supervisor and Field Crew Member.

program at a Glance

Crop Science (Agronomy) 69-70 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$13,653 (Tuition: $10472, Books: $3181)

Average Starting Salary

$19,282 According to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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program Outcomes

  • Determine and apply crop protection products
  • Identify plants, pests and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Prepare field, plant and harvest crops
  • Prepare harvested crops for storage
  • Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields or costs
  • Safely operate and set up agronomy equipment
  • Explore government regulations
  • Apply agriculture commodities and concepts
  • Integrate technology with cropping techniques

Potential Careers

  • Cranberry Marsh Worker
  • Farm Laborer
  • Irrigation Worker
  • Harvest Worker
  • Seasonal Elevator Worker
  • Seasonal Pesticide Applicator Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Crop Scout
  • Crop Research Assistant
  • Custom Applicator
  • Crop Insurance Professional
  • Buyer-Crop Protectants
  • Field Supervisor
  • Field Crew Member

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