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The Crops Career Development Event (CDE) challenges students to build and demonstrate knowledge in the wide field of agronomy. Participation grants students exposure to many ways that science and technology collaborate to grow the world’s major food crops.


Teams of four students in this event evaluate an agronomic scenario and develop a crop management plan that includes crop selection, production, problem-solving, and marketing. Individually, the team members also compete in areas including plant and seed identification, grain grading, a management test, and practicums in various crop areas including soils, insects, seed analysis, pesticides, fertilizer, and varietal trials.

Expectations at Convention for Crops
  • Official Dress is required.

  • Identification specimens can be seed, plant mount or live plants

What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • Two pencils

  • Clean clipboards  

What can students NOT BRING for themselves? 
  • A Grain Grading Standards booklet

  • A calculator

  • Any paper materials


What will get a student/team disqualified? 
  • Using cell phones during the event

  • Sharing answers with other participants

  • Talking to other participants during the event


What will be provided by the event?
  • Calculator

  • Grain Grading Standards booklet

  • Scantron sheet

  • Grain grading forms

  • Identification specimen

  • Practicum information and problem sheets

  • Seed analysis samples

  • Written test

Past Event Details

2021 Crops Identification

2021 Crops Written exam and practicums

2021 Crops Officials and Key

          Materials to duplicate

          Soils Practicum


For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator


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