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Distance Education · Agricultural Sciences · Agriculture - AGRI


  • Fall 2020
  • Section N02 CRN-21182
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/19/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 10/14/2020

Meeting Times


  • Online

Contact Information

Instructor: Ben Burroughs

All student inquires are to be done through email. If there is a specific concern please schedule a virtual meeting time with me. Meetings must be scheduled at least 24 hours prior. 

Office Hours

By appointment only virtually.  Please email first to check on availability and to arrange a mutually agreeable day and time. 


Email will be checked between 8am-6pm Monday -Friday. Allow an hour for a reply. Any received outside these hours will be responded to the following business day. 



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.





Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.



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.



Texts are being reviewed. No text adopted at this time.

Introduction to Agronomy: Food, Crops, and Environment

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

Course Requirements


Exams  300 points

Quizzes  200 points

Discussion Threads 100 points (5 at 20 points each)

Final 300 points 

Writing Assignment- 100 Points

Exam extra credit (optional up to 10 points) 

A= 900-1000

B= 800-899

C=  700-799

D= 600-699

F= <599

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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.


Week       Meeting Details Weekly Contact Hours
1 M 10/19/2020   Before First day of class to be completed 6
T 10/20/2020   Syllabus and Introductions, eCampus, Class discussion thread
W 10/21/2020    Chp 1 History of Agronomy 
R 10/22/2020   Complete Chapter 1, Discussion Thread
F 10/23/2020   Take Chp 1 Quiz
2 M 10/26/2020 Day of Record Start Chapter 2, Chp 1 Quiz due  6
T 10/27/2020   Chapter 2
W 10/28/2020   Chp 2 Quiz due, and Discussion Thread
R 10/29/2020   Chapter 3, Exam 1 review available 
F 10/30/2020   Chp 3 Quiz due, Exam 1 open
3 M 11/2/2020   Exam 1 closes at 9pm 6.5
T 11/3/2020   Chapter 6 
W 11/4/2020   Chapter 6, Chapter 6 Quiz due
R 11/5/2020   Chapters 7&8 
F 11/6/2020   Chapters 7&8 Quiz due, Exam 2 review available, Exam 2 Open
4 M 11/9/2020   Exam 2 Closes at 9pm 6.5
T 11/10/2020   Chp 9 Weather and Climate
W 11/11/2020   Chp 9 Quiz due, Chp 9 Discussion thread
R 11/12/2020   Chp 10 Ag Production Systems
F 11/13/2020   Chp 10 Quiz due
5 M 11/16/2020   Discussion thread 6.5
T 11/17/2020   Chp 11 Soils
W 11/18/2020   Chp 11 Quiz due
R 11/19/2020   Chp 13 Tillage and Crop Establishment, Exam 3 Review online
F 11/20/2020   Chp 13 Quiz due, Chp 13 Discussion thread, Exam 3 open
6 M 11/23/2020   Exam 3 Closes at 9pm 6.5
T 11/24/2020   Chp 14 Weeds
W 11/25/2020   Chp 14 Quiz due by 9pm
R 11/26/2020   Happy Thanksgiving
F 11/27/2020   Happy Thanksgiving
7 M 11/30/2020   Chp 15 Disease and insects, 3 page paper to begin 6
T 12/1/2020   Chp 15 Quiz due 
W 12/2/2020   Chp 16 Harvesting, Modern Marvels Video and Quiz
R 12/3/2020   Final Review Available online from previous Exam Reviews. 
F 12/4/2020   3 page paper over Agronomy due by 1159pm
8 M 12/7/2020     4
T 12/8/2020      
  W 12/9/2020      
  R 12/10/2020   Online Final Due 4
        Total Contact Hours 48