Agronomy

Overview

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  • Agronomist

  • Operations Specialist

  • Truck Driver

  • Custom Applicator

  • Agronomy Assistant

  • Farmer/Rancher

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Agronomists are individuals who are experts in planting, cultivating and harvesting food for an ever-expanding global market. Mitchell Tech’s program has an excellent reputation and will provide graduates with many career options.

Students will learn about different methods to increase soil organic matter and improve the overall soil health. They will study crop growth stages for the top four crops produced in South Dakota: corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa, and discuss management options available at certain crop stages. Disease and insect identification are also key factors involved with today’s crop production efforts. Weeds that are common to this region will be observed and control strategies will be discussed. Crops also depend on a balanced fertilizer source; students will look at soil test and tissue test results and help make sound environmental recommendations.

Students will also gain experience with ag chemicals and will test for their chemical applicator’s license.  Hands-on activities with machinery, small engines and other areas that will expand the student’s experience will be integrated into a variety of courses.

A featured component of this program is the Mitchell Tech Land Lab.  The program farms 85 acres of land near Mitchell.  Mitchell Tech Ag students and instructors manage all aspects of crop production including government programs.  The land lab is used in conjunction with many of the production and agri-business classes and gives students exposure to precision technologies including auto-steer, geo-referenced data management and variable rate technologies. Students gain experience in all areas of the operation: budgeting, planning, planting, spraying, fertilizing, harvesting and marketing.

Graduates will find work in all areas of agriculture from production to sales and service, agronomy, working with cooperatives or in management.

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Curriculum

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Semesters
First Semester
AGT101Animal Science I3 credits
AGT102Weeds & Herbicides3 credits
AGT104Ag Chemicals2 credits
AGT120Soil Science I3 credits
AGT211Farm Accounting3 credits
TRAN100Industrial Transportation CDL1 credit
CIS105Introduction to Computers3 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours19 credits
Second Semester
AGT110Crop Science I3 credits
AGT112Fertilizers3 credits
AGT160Commodity Marketing I3 credits
AGT190Internship I6 credits
AGT214Ag Law3 credits
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits
Total Semester Hours18.5 credits
Third Semester
AGT103Machinery Management2 credits
AGT212Ag Chem Equipment3 credits
AGT220Soil Science II2 credits
AGT261Ag Sales & Service3 credits
AGT291Land Management1 credit
Communications Elective3 credits
Math Elective3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours20 credits
Fourth Semester
AGT158Small Engines for Ag3 credits
AGT210Crop Science II3 credits
AGT263Fundamentals of Insurance2 credits
AGT290Internship II6 credits
PAT102Principles of GPS/GIS2 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours19 credits

Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Any student who enrolls in Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course.  A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program. 

Mitchell Tech recommends that applicants to the Agronomy program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.  

Please Note:

  • Students enrolled must possess a Class A CDL license before the end of the 10th day of their first semester of enrollment or be registered for TRAN 100 during their first semester.
  • Students must pass the Commercial Applicator’s License exam in order to graduate.

Some additional requirements (including, but not limited to, drug screening and immunizations) may have to be met before entrance to certain clinical sites. 

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, Mitchell Tech requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from Mitchell Tech. The cost for an Mitchell Tech laptop averages about $1,000 for this program. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program. 

Whether it’s Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your Mitchell Tech laptop.  And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an Mitchell Tech laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of best management practices in agronomic fields
  • Apply economic principles of accounting, marketing and budgeting to agronomy enterprises
  • Interact effectively with customers of an agribusiness at a technical level
  • Establish a crop management plan
  • Identify common diseases, funguses and insects found in South Dakota
  • Summarize the causes of soil erosion, changes in organic matter levels and soil health
  • Identify the growth stages of corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa plants
  • Recognize nutrient deficiencies in various crops
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Rick Kriese

Agronomy Instructor

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Cost

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Laptop/Software $1,150
CDL $1,000
Books / Tools (estimated) $1,223

Scholarships

$500

1 AVAIL.

Loren G Kasten, Emeritus in Agronomy Scholarship

Roxene G. Kasten

Loren Kasten was a former Ag instructor at Mitchell Tech. This scholarship was established by his family.
Incoming Student
First Year Student
Agronomy
On Campus
Must be a first year incoming full-time student in the Agronomy program Must be enrolled full time Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$500

2 AVAIL.

Central Electric Cooperative Scholarship

Central Electric Cooperative

Electrical Utilities & Substation
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Heating & Cooling
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Applicant must be a full-time student in the Electrical Utilities & Substation, Power Line Construction & Maintenance, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Heating & Cooling, Agricultural Business or Agronomy program at Mitchell Technical College Applicant must maintain a 2.5 GPA Student must be a member or dependent of a member of Central Electric Cooperative based in Mitchell, SD Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship. Student must provide member name on account and Central Electric will verify membership status before recipient is announced

$1000

2 AVAIL.

South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program

$1500

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Crop Improvement Association Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to a first year student enrolled in the Precision Technology, Ag Business, Animal Science or Agronomy programs and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Precision Ag Technology
Applicant must be currently enrolled as a first year full-time student in the Precision, Ag Business, Animal Science and Agronomy programs at MTC. Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship 2.0 GPA

$1000

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Assoc. of Cooperatives Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 2013.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Business Management
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTC in one of the programs mentioned Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority will be given to students with ties to a SDAC member cooperative Essay responses will be a large part of the recipient decision

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Roger Carlson “Tough Old Bird” Endowed Scholarship

Family & Friends of Roger Carlson

The endowment was established in 2013 by the family and friends of longtime Mithell Tech Ag instructor Roger Carlson. Carlson began his career at Mitchell Tech in August, 1990, and was a valued member of the Ag Technology department until May, 2011, when health problems forced his retirement. Carlson passed away on August 27, 2012 from complications related to leukemia. The endowment began providing scholarships in the 2013-14 school year to a qualifying student in the Ag Technology, Architecture Design and Building Construction or Farm Power Technology programs. The scholarship will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Applicant must be an first year full-time student enrolled at MTC in the Ag Business, Animal Science, Agronomy, Architecture Design and Building Construction, or Diesel Power Technology program Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
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