Prepare to support the agri-service industry by gaining practical training in crop production systems, nutrition and protection. This entry-level program answers the industry's call for trained crop scouts possessing basic agronomic skills. Interactive online discussion is emphasized to meet your needs, and an on-campus Field School will cap the program of study. You may have had previous post-secondary training but lack specific knowledge in agriculture, or you may have agricultural experience in another country but require specific training in Western Canadian farming practices.
•4 eight-week online courses; 3 credits each
•2 blended courses that include face-to-face, hands-on sessions at the Olds College campus; 3 credits each
***Please note that the online courses can be taken on a stand-alone basis, and they can be taken in any order. All four online courses are pre-requisites for the blended Field Scouting course, and these 5 courses are all pre-requisites for the Field School.
Following completion of the program, the learner will be able to:
•Identify Western Canadian crops and associated production systems
•Interpret soil test reports and calculate fertilizer blends
•Document pest populations
•Implement integrated pest management plans
•Collect crop, pest and soil field data
•Use selected technologies – GPS, GIS, Digital Photography
•Communicate clearly and concisely with agricultural stakeholders
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