Farmers, CCAs, anyone with an interest: Time spent with an online course is likely time well spent

Each year the University of Illinois Extension’s 2-day Extension Crop Management Conference series brings 13 hours of training to farmers, Certified Crop Advisors and other professionals working in agriculture. Extension personnel captured audio of three speakers presenting four different topics during the 2014 Crop Management Conferences. Personnel in the Extension web office then synced the audio and visual content to produce interactive online courses.

Four courses have been completed and are ready for viewing. Dr. Emerson Nafziger’s crop management presentations “Getting High Corn Yields in a Lower-Corn-Price World” and “Planning and Using Data from On-Farm Trials” and Dr. Mike Gray’s integrated pest management presentation, “Update on the Troublesome Injury to Bt Corn” and Dr. Carl Bradley’s integrated pest management presentation, “Wheat Disease Identification & Management” are available.

How to access the lessons. These and 11 courses covering soil and water management topics and two others covering integrated pest management topics are open for public viewing free of charge on the University of Illinois Extension CCA webpage.

Course topics are listed in a column along the right-hand side of the page under the heading, “Other Online Courses”, while topic descriptions are located below the text on the right (Figure).

When a person clicks on one of the topics, a small green window with the selected topic as a heading will pop up. To view the course, click on the words, “Begin Course” under the topic heading (Figure).

CCAs looking for CEUs. To obtain continuing education units, Certified Crop Advisors must log-in, pay a small fee, view each slide in its entirety and complete a short quiz.