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Crop Production

Pathway Certificate

9 Credits | Less than 1 Year

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*

Outreach Center: Balsam Lake* 

*Combination of Hybrid and On Site instruction

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

To be a successful farmer, you must consistently produce enough quality crops to meet the demands of your consumers. The Crop Production pathway certificate will equip you with the skills to do just that. This certificate will provide you with an understanding of soil health and fertility, inspecting and assessing your crops for diseases and pests and successful marketing your crops. Not only will you learn about crop scouting and nutrient management in a classroom setting, but you will also apply that knowledge in the lab by physically crop-scouting fields and putting together nutrient management plans.

Program Overview

The Crop Production pathway certificate will teach you the fundamentals of soil science and basic agronomy skills. Couple those skills with farm records and financials, and you will be prepared to rejoin your family's crop operation or manage your own farm after successful completion of this certificate. 

Program Outcomes

The Crop Production Certificate will prepare students to:

  • Utilize agronomic resources for optimal farm production
  • Create farm business plans
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This certificate is ideal for both lifelong learners and beginners to the farming industry.

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A sharing environment.

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Practical, on-farm application.

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Flexible scheduling.


Crop Production courses are offered On Site at Rice Lake campus and available through Hybrid instruction at Ashland, Balsam Lake and New Richmond campuses.

  • Evening course will be available for individuals needing to complete continuing education requirements for FSA loans.
  • Labs will be on Fridays at either the Rice Lake campus or On-Farm (at regional farms and test plots).

Career Pathways

This pathway certificate ladders into the Farm Operation technical diploma. 

Practical & Applicable Lessons

The lessons of this program are designed to be applied directly to the production agricultural operation. The intent of each lesson is to either improve quality of life, strengthen farm profitability or streamline management. 

Experienced Instructor

The instructor has a background in production agriculture and has tacit knowledge to sort through university and industry recommendations with competency and awareness of day-to-day farm activities.


Crop Production specifically covers: Soil Management, Crop Management, and Farm Records and Analysis. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Crop Production Courses

| 3 CR
Soil Management is important to the productivity and profitability of a farmer. The farmer is a steward of the land and an environmentalist. The farmer must take care of the soil or he will not be a farmer for long! The student in this class will learn how to prepare a land use plan, collect and interpret soil samples results, develop a plan for fertilizer use on crops, develop a plan for storage and use of manure, analyze new farm issues and practices to determine future use, evaluate tillage equipment and methods, and to practice farm and environmental safety.
| 3 CR
This course will help the student learn many items involved with agricultural crop production. These skills include but are not limited to management practices, pest control, harvesting options and practices, economics, planting practices, seed and variety selection, etc.
| 3 CR
This course emphasizes the practical use of a farm record system in managing the farm through farm and financial analysis. Includes the establishment of farm business goals, selection and use of farm credit, farm business arrangements, farm estate planning, and farm income taxes. Instruction is provided on the use of computers and/or computer records and financial analysis of the farm business and finance strategy to meet the learner's needs. Production and financial decisions will be made based on the learner's farm business analysis. All competencies will be assessed using the learner's farm or with simulations established by the instructor.

Crop Production is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Crop Production student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
9 Credits/Less than one year
Potential Careers
Field Technician, Field Applicators, Custom Operators, Agricultural Equipment Operator
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Pathway Certificate
9 Credits/Less than one year
Potential Careers
Farm Laborers, Feeder, Animal/Livestock Handler
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Advance your skills to obtain a one-year technical diploma.

Technical Diploma
28 Credits total/One Year
Potential Careers
CSA Owner, Organic Farmer, Farm Owner, Farm Manager/Operator, Farm/Field Crop Manager, Livestock Farmer, Breeder, Farm Worker, Dairy Laborer, Dairy Herdsperson
Range of Yearly Salary
$25,998-$37,437 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out an application form. That's it!

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Crop Production

9 Credits | Less than 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Crop Production Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Crop Production pathway certificate. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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