Nutrient Management

Understanding the Science of Nutrients, Their Sources and Application

One of our 4 noncredit courses to receive the 2018 Award for Excellence in Distance Education: Course Design and Teaching

Agricultural nutrient applications are associated with some of today's most concerning environmental issues, including impacts on water quality and contributions to greenhouse gases. In addition, crop nutrient expenses are second only to land costs as an overall expense for farmers. Managing nutrients is one of the more complicated aspects of producing crops, as considerations vary by nutrient source, placement, timing, the rate of application, and are dramatically affected by the weather. Professionals in many areas of agriculture depend upon understanding soil chemistry and how nutrient management can increase the health and bounty of crop production. Knowledge of nutrients and their management can allow individuals involved in better setting strategies and improving recommendations.

man examines crops in a field with magnifying glass 

Whether you are personally involved in production agriculture, advising farmers as an agricultural retailer or consultant, a representative or applicator for an agricultural business or government agency, or just looking to build your expertise, this course will cover topics that should be of interest to you.

Nutrient Management is a 12-week fully online course that provides advanced knowledge from which practitioners can help their customers benefit and their companies succeed. The course was designed for working professionals who have a basic understanding of agronomy and chemistry and want to expand their knowledge of nutrients and their management.

Learners can access the content according to their schedules 24/7 on their computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet connection. Learners will follow a one module per week schedule.

The foundation of the lesson modules is dozens of HD video lessons featuring experts in nutrient management. These are supplemented with reading, graphics, glossaries, downloadable slides, links to additional information, and tests after each module.

Course graduates receive personalized certificates from Purdue Digital Education. Certified Crop Advisers also receive 24 continuing education units (CEUs).

 A small sampling of statements by graduates on the anonymous end-of-course survey:

"Great course, especially when combined with Agronomy Essentials and Precision Agriculture - it all ties in together..."
"I would like to say thanks for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the decisions required and the science behind them for agriculture today."
"I'm glad that I took the course. Learned the nature of nutrients, necessities, and plant relationships very well."
"The course was very informative/ educational as a good use of my time vs. benefits."

sample video lesson screenshot

Sample portion of a video lesson screenshot. One of 124 video lessons.

For answers to your questions about Nutrient Management content, please contact For all other questions, including early registration discounts, contact or​. Tuition is listed on the registration site.


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