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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 will be provided by the event?
  • Calculator

  • Clipboard

  • Scantron sheet

  • Grain grading forms

  • Identification specimen

  • Practicum information and problem sheets

  • Seed analysis samples

  • Written test

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

  • A Grain Grading Standards booklet (books are NOT provided) . NO other papers are allowed, and instructors should ensure the integrity of the booklets.

What should students NOT bring with them?

  • A personal calculator and clipboard

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

  • Sharing answers with other participants

  • Talking to other participants during the event

  • Cheating from other students papers


For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator


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