Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding

Image of wheat plants, a self-pollinated crop.

August 21 – September 21, 2017

Professional Certificate

One Unit

This module is offered for noncredit professional development.

Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) may earn 10 CEUs from this course: 9 in Crop Management and 1 in Pest Management.


P. Stephen Baenziger


Non-academic credit Professional Development (Credit card zip code must match card owner’s billing zip code.).


This module covers the common breeding methods used to improve self-pollinated crops and the theoretical basis for self-pollinated crops. Individuals learn the standard breeding methods and theories associated with self-pollinated and inbred cross-pollinated crops, specifically, pedigree, bulk, single-seed descent, and backcross breeding methods.


Distance learners have the option of participating in live lectures presented twice weekly or viewing the taped lectures online. The in-person section, which will be available “live” via the Internet for distance learners will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:20 p.m. in 272 Plant Sciences Hall on UNL’s East Campus.


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and ability to view videos.


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

Purchase both items from the University Bookstore.


At least one prior course in genetics is recommended.


Noncredit Professional Development Course: $270 total cost

Who it's for

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Seed industry personnel
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) may earn 10 CEUs from this module: 9 in Crop Management and 1 in Pest Management.)
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers
  • Certified Crop Advisors