Defining the Certified Crop Adviser
A Certified Crop Adviser (CCA for short) is a needed professional for all growers who want to ensure successful crop seasons. This success relies on the CCA’s knowledge and advice they supply to growers on crop management and inputs. CCA’s will need to have finished the ASA-CCA coursework and final examination to authorize
Who sets the standard for becoming a CCA?
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) is a progressive international scientific and professional society that empowers scientists, educators, and practitioners in developing, disseminating, and applying agricultural solutions to feed and sustain the world. Its mission is to advance the field of agronomy. One of the ways they do so is by setting the standard and administering the CCA examination (the benchmark of agricultural professionalism).
To become a CCA, one must pass 1) Rigorous Examinations, 2) maintain continuing education, and 3) subscribe to a code of ethics.
Why is it beneficial to have a relationship with a CCA?
ASA supports certified crop advisers with the necessary skills to help growers produce economical, environmentally sound, and thriving crops. These skills are learned through peer-reviewed research publications, educational programs, certifications, meetings, and science policy initiatives concerning: agronomic production, biometry, statistical computing, climatology and modeling, education and extension, environmental quality, global agronomy, land management, and conservation.
The continued education that is readily available to CCA’s makes them indispensable resources for farm hands and managers. As much as CCA’s fill in the educational gap for agronomy teams, they also fill in for lack of experience (relative to geographic areas, weather, illnesses, plant variety, etc.). Since CCAs relatively work as independent contractors alongside a variety of companies, they have experience in a variety of crops and have resolved a variety of problems.
The Responsibilities of a Certified Crop Adviser
- Scout fields for pests/diseases and assess damage
- Evaluate the condition of agricultural plants
- Make proper recommendations on seed, fertilizer, and pest management
- Continue CCA coursework to provide up-to-date agricultural advice
- Utilize knowledge to provide training to growers
- Identify potential problems before they arise to determine proper solutions (fertilizer product, watering schedule, lab tests, etc.)
- Suggest crops and seeds that can be used depending on the season
- Supervise chemical and fertilizer applications
- Suggest what agricultural lab analyses are needed (plant, water, soil)
A CCAs abundant knowledge of diseases, conservation, land management, soil structure, and plant nutrition makes them important members of any agricultural team. Not only do CCAs understand agricultural topics they also have ample hands-on experience. Due to the nature of their profession, they have worked with various crops and found solutions to various problems (disease, soil salinity, sulfates in the water source, plant stress, etc.).
AGQ Labs is proud to have a CCA on the agronomy team as we believe their knowledge and experience not only makes our team stronger but brings value to our agronomy clients, who choose us for their agricultural analytical needs.