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Crop Production

Crop production is a branch of agriculture that deals with growing crops for use as food and fiber. Degree programs in crop production are available at undergraduate and graduate levels. Graduates are eligible for a variety of agricultural careers.

Inside Crop Production

Crop production includes grains, cotton, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, nuts and plants. Different crops grow best in different areas of the country. Warmer climates are ideal for growing citrus crops; northern states are best for growing apples and blueberries and the Midwest is ideal for growing grains, including wheat. Crop producers usually work from sunrise to sunset during planting and harvesting seasons. They sell the crops they've produced, plan crops for the next season and repair machinery.

Education Information

Programs are available at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Common degree programs are available in plant sciences or agricultural sciences with a concentration in crop production. Coursework includes harvesting, soil management, pest management, safety, plant structure, crop science, horticulture, plant genetics and marketing. The following undergraduate and graduate programs include studies in crop production and can lead to careers in the field.

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