The Value of a Certified Crop Advisor, Plus How to Become One

Do what you do best and hire the rest, the saying goes. Agronomy, crop scouting and field diagnostics are a keen interest of many farmers, sure, but not everyone has the Guide to Crop Protection memorized. What’s more, field scouting takes time to do properly and typically needs to be done in a tight window. When time is short, or if agronomy and field diagnostics just aren’t your thing, you may turn to the services of a certified crop advisor for help.

To become a certified crop advisor, or CCA, individuals must pass a test and meet a minimum of continuing education credits every few years. In Ontario, the CCA exam will roll out this month and a new group of CCAs will be ready to hit the fields.

See more: What’s in your crop scouting kit?

In this audio interview, Bern Tobin, Ontario field editor for RealAgriculture, asks Shawn Brenneman, a certified crop advisor with Syngenta Canada, about the interest level in certified crop advisory services, what’s involved in becoming certified and why we may see increased needs for this role going forward.

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Shaun Haney

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