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Upcoming Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Pre-Exam Preparation Class

CCA Training

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), but are intimidated by the exams? You should consider attending the Ohio CCA Pre-Exam Preparation Class offered by Ohio State University Extension. The session will be January 10-11, 2024, at the Shelby County Ag Building, 810-820 Fair Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365.

This class will provide an overview of the CCA program, and help you prepare for the test by covering basic principles in the four competency areas – nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management, and crop management. Even if you are not considering the CCA program, this class is a great basic agronomy course that any farmer, ag retailer, or anyone working with field crops will find valuable. A detailed agenda for each day’s topics is below.  

The cost for this two-day class is $250/person which includes the publications listed below, lunch both days, and other program materials. Don’t wait to register as class size is limited to 25, and online registration closes on December 20, 2023.


Publications included with registration:

  • Ohio Agronomy Guide
  • Ohio, Indiana & Illinois Weed Control Guide
  • The Ohio Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Forages Field Guide
  • 2020 Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations


Secure online registration via credit card, debit card, or check is available on the Ohio AgriBusiness Association website:

The Local and International Exams are proctored online tests. You must pass both exams to obtain Certified Crop Adviser status. Tests are offered four times a year with registration opening December 13, 2023, for the next exam. You can learn more about the exam dates and sign up for reminders at

For more information about the CCA program, visit


Course contact:

Lee Beers, CCA

Ohio State University Extension



Wednesday, January 10

Registration 8:30-9:00 Class 9:00-5:00



Crop Management

  • Crop Production
  • Photosynthesis
  • Crop Physiology
  • Variety Selection

Soil & Water Management

  • Soil Properties
  • Soil Water
  • Surface and Ground Water
  • Soil & Wind Erosion


Thursday, January 11

Registration 8:00-8:30 Class  8:30-5:00



  Nutrient Management

  • Soil pH and Liming
  • Primary Nutrients
  • Secondary Nutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • CEC

Pest Management

  • Weeds
  • Insects
  • Diseases
  • Fertilizer & Pesticide Math



Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.