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Fall 2020: November 2 – December 4, 2020

Professional Certificate

One unit

Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn up to 10 CEUs: 8 in Crop Management, 1 in Soil & Water, and 1 in Pest Management.


Blaine Johnson, Ph.D.


Noncredit Professional Development by credit card


This module 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.


Online learners have the option of participating in live lectures presented twice weekly to face-to-face students or viewing the taped lectures online in eXtension. The face-to-face class section, which will be available “live” via the Internet for online learners, will meet on days and times to be announced.


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


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

Course notes may be downloaded in the online class environment. Purchase the Acquaah book from


At least one prior class in genetics, such as Genetic Principles, is recommended.


Noncredit Professional Development Module: $270 total cost

Who It’s For

Among those who would benefit from taking this session are:

  • 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
  • Certified Crop Advisors