AGRI 111 - Introduction to Crop Production
PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated readiness for college-level English; and Demonstrated readiness for QUANT, TECH, or STEM Path Math Ready.
CREDIT HOURS MIN: 3
LECTURE HOURS MIN: 2
LAB HOURS MIN: 2
DATE OF LAST REVISION: Fall, 2020
Introduces and examines fundamental principles of crop production and distribution. Emphasis is placed on applying technological advances in agronomy to active crop-production situations, including basic soils, agricultural meteorology, and crop physiology and breeding.
MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:
- Explain aspects of U.S. agricultural production.
- Describe major types of cropping systems.
- Explain how soils influence crop production.
- Develop a nutrient management system.
- Explain hybrid and variety development, and influence of GM technology on crop production.
- Describe field crop physiology, growth and development.
- Develop tillage and crop management systems.
- Describe characteristics of agriculture in developing and developed countries.
- List characteristics of sustainable agriculture systems.
COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -
- Describe uses of arable land in the U.S.
- Define five types of cropping systems
- Describe environmental conditions that affect crop distribution
- Describe crops and characteristics of the U.S. farming regions
- Provide exact location of a given tract of land
- Describe soils on a farm
- List suitable uses for specific soils
- Describe limitations and problems of specific soils
- Construct a soil fertility program which includes soil sampling techniques, soil test report interpretation, and construction of a nutrient management program
- Explain development and uses of GM technology
- Determine adapted crops to grow on specific sites
- Locate sources of information on hybrid and variety performance
- Use specific criteria to select an adapted hybrid or variety for planting
- Use management and environmental information to select a tillage and seedbed preparation system adapted to specific conditions
- Describe types of planting and crop management systems
- Describe physiology of CHO fixation and yield formation
- Describe how photosynthesis, transpiration, and respiration affect dry matter production
- Characterize conditions contributing to crop stress
Define sustainable agriculture
Describe characteristics of sustainable agricultural systems
Distinguish developing and developed agricultural systems
Describe problems associated with crop production in developing countries
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