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Blinn College • Bryan • Agricultural Sciences • Agriculture - AGRI


Agronomy AGRI-1307

  • Fall 2018
  • Section 300 CRN-10001
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2018 to 12/13/2018
  • Modified 08/20/2018

Meeting Times


Agronomy

  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, F- 224

Contact Information


Dr. Nathan Krueger

Office Hours:

M, W  10:30 am - 11:30 am

M, W 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

T, R 1:30 pm -3:00 pm

Friday by appointment

Description


Principles and practices in the development, production, and management of field crops including plant breeding, plant diseases, soils, insect control, and weed control. The scientific approach to major food and fiber crops of the world is studied, emphasizing origin, history, classification, distribution, climatic, cultural and soil requirements, improvement and seed technology. Food production as a source to feed an ever increasing population is emphasized.

 

Requisites

Prerequisites:

Corequisites:

Core Curriculum Statement


This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes


 

1. Summarize the role of climate and geography in present and past crop production.

2. Explain the growth and development of crops.

3. Analyze the impact of climate on crops.

4. Assess the interactions of soils, water, and fertility on crop production.

5. Contrast methods of pest management in crop production.

6. Differentiate production methods based on geography and crop selection.

 

Materials


Introduction to Agronomy: Food, Crops, and Environment

  • Author: Sheaffer
  • Publisher: Cengage
  • Edition: 2nd
  • ISBN: 978-1111312336
  • Optional

Course Requirements


 

Exams: There will be four exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam. 

Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions.  

Make-up exams are only offered to students with an approved excused absence.  Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College.  All others are up to the instructor and will be handled on an individual basis. To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence. 

An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero. 

 Assignments: There will be announced Written Assignments and/or projects throughout the semester.  

There will be two major group assignments during the semester.  The first assignment will be an infographics assignment; details will be discussed and project will be assigned after Exam 1.  The second project will be an Agricultural Production Plan; details will be discussed and project will be assigned prior to the start of the Soils Lecture.  

Written Assignments (optional): Students enrolled in Agronomy will be provided an opportunity to submit a summary of an article for each exam.  The student should prepare a two-page summary of an article involving agriculture topics that relate to the course.  A student can earn a total of 5 points that can be applied toward each major exam grade.  (Makeup exams are not included) The written assignment will provide the student an opportunity to become familiar with topics in agriculture, which relate to specific course information. Summaries must be typed and accompanied by a cover page and bibliography page. Criteria for Assignment are as follows:

Source:  Any current Ag publication pertaining to subject matter.  Sources include books, periodicals, extension bulletins, Government publications, websites, etc. 

Grade Consideration:  Points are based on the following criteria; Accuracy of Content, Organization of Material, Current Status of Source, Spelling, Grammar, and Technical Information 

Bibliography:  Cite each source on the bibliography page, using the following format: author, title, document, name, and date. 

Due Dates: Each summary must be submitted independently on the day of major exam.  (Only one summary for each Major Exam will be accepted.  No late submissions).

 eCampus

Access to the Internet is REQUIRED. Internet access at home would certainly be a plus, however, all students at Blinn College and/or Texas A&M have computing resources available to them. The Open Computer Labs at Blinn College are located in Rooms H-225 and L-258, and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center in the Library Building, L-258, for more details, ASAP. eCampus is an online course tool. It is in essence a virtual classroom through which I will be posting course related materials and information. You will also be able to contact me with questions and or problems you might be having and have the ability to contact your classmates. It will be your responsibility to check this site regularly: https://ecampus.blinn.edu/default.asp

Evaluation


Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments/Participation 15%

1. 15% of final course grade will constitute class participation.

Exams 60%

2. 4 major exam grades administered during the semester will constitute a major portion (60%) of the final course grade.

Final 25%

3. A comprehensive final exam administered at the end of the semester will constitute 25% of the final course grade

Grading Scale

Grading Scale: 

A= 90 % and above

B= 80 % -89.9%

C= 70 %-79.9%

D= 60 %-69.9%

F= 59.9 % and below 

Blinn College Policies


All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


Schedule


Week One

Meeting Details

Lecture

Minutes

Weekly Hours

Monday, August 27, 2018

Syllabus and Introduction to Agriculture

75

3

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

History of Agriculture

75

Week Two

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 03, 2018

Labor Day Holiday

75

3

Wednesday ,Sept 05, 2018

                  

History of Agriculture

75

Week Three

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 10, 2018

Agriculture Today and Terminology

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018

Classifying and Naming Crops

75

Week Four

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 17, 2018

Classifying and Naming Crops

75

3

Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018

Exam 1 / Written assignment 1 due

75

Week Five

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Sept 24, 2018

Plant Anatomy and Morphology

75

                                               

Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018

Plant Anatomy and Morphology

75

Week Six

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 01, 2018

Plant Anatomy and Morphology

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018

INFOGRAPHIC DUE/ Improving plants-Breeding, Genetics

75

Week Seven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 08, 2018

Improving plants-Breeding, Genetics

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

GMO’s / GMO Video(time Permitting)

75

Week Eight

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Exam 2 / Written Assignment 2 due

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Climate- Temp. Humidity, Wind, Light

75

Week Nine

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

Climate- Temp. Humidity, Wind, Light

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018

Ag Production Systems (Ch 10. Short)/ Assign Soils Group Project

75

Week Ten

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Soils-profiles, Textures, CEC, pH

75

3

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

Soils-profiles, Textures, CEC, pH

75

Week Eleven

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday Nov 05, 2018

Soils-profiles, Textures, CEC, pH

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2018

Tillage-types, equip. used, seeding tech./Review/ SOILS PROJECT DUE

75

Week Twelve

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

Exam 3 / Written Assignment 3 due

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

Weeds- ID, Effects and Control

75

Week Thirteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

ID of Plant Diseases and Insects, Control

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday

75

Week Fourteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

Harvest Methods, Equip., Bushel Weights.

75

3

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Harvest Methods cont./Harvest Video

75

Week Fifteen

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday, Dec 03, 2018

Exam 4 / Written Assignment 4 due

75

3

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2018

Test Review/ Final Prep

75

Week Sixteen - Finals Week

 

LEC

Weekly

Monday Dec 10, 2018

(noon class)  exam time- 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm

 

3

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

(9:10 class) exam time- 10:15 am- 12:30pm

 

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

 

48.0