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Printed on 8/11/2020

Precision Agriculture Technician

31-006-7 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time and Full Time 30 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Learn how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) work and how they are used in farming with this diploma program. You will gain knowledge and skills in basic crop production, electronically controlled systems and customer service. In addition, you’ll learn how to install, maintain and operate precision agriculture tools. Courses also cover skills for work in the parts and service department of an agriculture equipment dealership. You will be prepared for work in the high-tech, fast-paced precision agriculture field.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Occupational Specific (30 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Agricultural Crop Production
10-006-119
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Commercial Vegetable Production
10-006-146
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explore planting technology, variety selection, soil fertility, cultural practices, harvest of commercial vegetables, and pest management including disease, insects, and weeds. Common Wisconsin vegetables discussed will include potato, snap beans, canning peas, sweet corn, and smaller volume vegetable crops.
Precision Ag Overview
10-006-154
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Agribusiness Sales
10-006-134
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers the basic principles of agribusiness sales. Topics include recognizing potential customers, building a positive customer relationship, designing sales plans, and using market and sales databases. The concepts will be presented using hands-on activities. Students will complete a sales project and presentation.
Crop Scouting Training
10-006-109
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Agronomy Equipment
10-006-150
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
GIS Applications
10-006-163
3Credit
54
108
N/A
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Prepares students in the use of various Geographic Information Systems utilized in precision farming. Students will learn how to install and set up GIS software, transfer data, process field data, and create reports and/or prescription maps. Students will utilize hands-on computer exercises with real farm data to provide a practical experience.
Agribusiness Work Experience
10-006-116
3Credit
162
36
N/A
162 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
10-006-141
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Precision Agriculture Advanced
10-006-159
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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. Students will learn about unmanned aerial vehicles and FAA rules and regulations.
Prereq: Precision Ag Overview 10006154

Expected Competencies


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