AGRO-ENTO 815D: Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding

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Fall 2019: Nov. 7-Dec. 20

Dr. Blaine Johnson (email)

Class No.: AGRO/ENTO 815D

Credits: One graduate credit.
The course is also offered for noncredit professional development. Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn up to 10 CEUs: 8 in Crop Management, 1 in Soil & Water, and 1 in Pest Management.

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This course focuses on the standard breeding methods and theories associated with population improvement of cross-pollinated crops (e.g., corn, alfalfa, sunflowers, and forage grasses) and self-pollinated crops that are forced to cross-pollinate. Students learn about creating populations, recurrent selection methods, with and without progeny tests, and hybrid production practices. Topics discussed include the common breeding methods used in improving cross-pollinated crops and the theoretical basis for cross-pollinated crop breeding.


This class will be held in the Campus Extension Learning Management System (LMS).  The password/keycode may be obtained from Diane Nolan,  Distance students have the option of participating in live lectures presented twice weekly to resident/on-campus students or viewing the taped lectures online. The resident class section, which will be available "live" via the Internet for distance students, will meet on days and times to be announced.

  • Plant Breeding: Principles and Practices, course notes by P. Stephen Baenziger (recommended) 
  • Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, by George Acquaah (recommended reference text) 

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High-speed Internet access, email, and the ability to view video files.


Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in UNL's Graduate School and have completed AGRO 215. For noncredit participants, at least one prior course in genetics is recommended.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website.

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students, who can take this introductory mini-course as preparation for more intensive or specialized study later 
  • Seed industry personnel 
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn up to 10 CEUs: 8 in Crop Management, 1 in Soil & Water, and 1 in Pest Management.) 
  • Food industry personnel 
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers 
  • Science and vocational agriculture teachers