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Crop Science Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES & MARKETING (10091185)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces the commodity futures markets, with information on contract specifications, exchanges, basic trading information and fundamental and technical market information. Furthermore, time will be spent on the basic phases of grain marketing from the farm to the elevator, including fundamental market information, elevator storage policies, shrinkage, blending, moisture discounts, price spreads, opportunity cost and developing an enterprise marketing plan.

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AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT SAFETY (10093103)

Credits: 3.00

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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AGRICULTURE SALES & PROMOTION (10091180)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces professional characteristics and qualities expected of an agriculture sales professional. Learners will develop a complete marketing plan including a market analysis. Further, learners will develop a sales proposal and create news articles, advertisements and merchandizing displays.

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AGRICULTURE WATER MANAGEMENT (10093110)

Credits: 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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CROP SCOUTING TECHNIQUES (10093104)

Credits: 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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ECONOMICS (10809195)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (10091171)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces topics that relate to working in a farm environment. Topics include personality, family relationships, decision-making and social relations as they apply to everyday living and working in an ongoing family operation or entry into the non-family farm job market. Personnel management techniques include: development of goals, determining personnel needs, finding and recruiting the right people, performance appraisals, training, promotions and terminations.

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GIS APPLICATIONS & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (10093111)

Credits: 3.00

Examines natural resource management, using remote sensing and GIS for mapping resources. Learners will gather and analyze data with the help of remote sensing technology. Data can be collected using ground or aerial photographs or satellite photographs of the land area being studied. With this data, learners will be able to create various land cover maps, vegetation maps, soil maps and geology maps.

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INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (10093109)

Credits: 3.00

Examines various approaches in Integrated Pest Management. Learners will gather comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, will be used to identify pest management options that are the most economical means, with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION AGRICULTURE (10093108)

Credits: 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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INTRODUCTION TO SOILS (10093102)

Credits: 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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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT (10091140)

Credits: 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 ractices, soil nutrition and pesticide application.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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ORIENTATION TO AGRONOMY (10093101)

Credits: 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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PESTICIDE/FERTILIZER EQUIPMENT (10093105)

Credits: 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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PLANT SCIENCE AND WEED ID (10093107)

Credits: 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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PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION (10091135)

Credits: 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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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

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.