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Distance Education · Agricultural Sciences · Agriculture - AGRI


  • Fall 2021
  • Section N02 CRN-21182
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/13/2021

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

Email responses: Instructor email will be checked on a daily basis. Emails will have a response time of no more than three hours. Instructor will answer emails between 8am - 6pm Monday through Friday. Any emails sent over the weekend or on holidays will be answered on the next academic class day no later than noon. 

Quizzes: There will be chapter quizzes to assist you in your comprehension of the material covered. They must be completed each week for the topics covered. The due dates are on the syllabus calendar. The date on the left column is the date the assignment is due. If not completed by then it will incur a zero in the grade book.  

Discussion Threads: the threads that are on eCampus are part of the online component for this class and must be done each week for the assigned chapters. The due dates are on the syllabus calendar. The date on the left column is the date the assignment is due. If not completed by then it will incur a zero in the grade book.  

Exams: There will be 4 exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam. For every exam Honorlock will be used. Ensure that you have your ID with you and that your station is prepared for the exam.  Exams will open on Thursday's and will be due on the following Monday by 9pm. 

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

Research paper: A paper that will discuss a farm/ranch that covers all topics covered in Agronomy and how they are applied to your operation. Information sheet will be available in week 7. Assignment will be due on the last class day.   

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. 

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 10 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).


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 RACC and the Library. If you are not familiar with these, see me or inquire at the Learning Center in the Library Building,  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:



Exams  400 points 4 exams at 100 points each
Quizzes   200 points quizzes covering selected chapters
Discussion Threads 100 points class discussion forums where students post and comment on each others threads
Final  150 points Cumulative exam covering all topics covered in the semester
Research Paper 150 points A paper done by students using all topics from this course and develop an operation that incorporates all aspects of agronomy
Exam extra credit  (optional up to 10 points)  Extra credit for each exam. Student will select an article from a reputable periodical and write a one page summary of the article. Student must also submit the article via hyperlink on a separate page or the article with a separate dropbox submission. 
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.

Course Policies

1. Have all assignments: quizzes, discussion threads completed by 9pm of the day assigned. Keep up with the schedule on the syllabus for deadlines. 

2. Attendance will be taken from assignments completed. If a students doe not complete the assignment they will be counted absent. 

3. If there are any issues that arise through the semester make sure to contact your instructor through email: [email protected] copy and paste the email or go through the eCampus system. 


Week       Online Content Details Online Contact Hours Weekly Contact Hours
1   10/25/2021   Orientation Module, Syllabus Orientation, Syllabus Quiz, Honorlock Quiz, Submit eCampus orientation Certificate to Dropbox 1 6.5
  10/26/2021   Introductory discussion post, Power Point Introduction and History of Agronomy 1.5
  10/27/2021   Introduction and History of Agronomy Quiz 1
  10/28/2021   Power Point for Agriculture Today 1st 50 slides 1.5
  10/29/2021   Power Point for Agriculture Today 51-93 slides 1.5
2   11/1/2021 Day of Record  Ag Today Quiz and Discussion 1 5.5
  11/2/2021   Power Point for Crop classification 1.5
  11/3/2021   Crop classification Quiz 1
  11/4/2021   Exam 1 Review Open at 8am 1
  11/5/2021   Exam 1 Open at 8am, closes Monday 11/8 at 9pm 1
3   11/8/2021   Exam 1 Closes at 9pm 1 6.5
  11/9/2021   Power point for Plant anatomy slides 1-84 1.5
  11/10/2021   Power point for Plant anatomy slides 85-203 1.5
  11/11/2021   Plant Anatomy Quiz 1
  11/12/2021   Power Point for Improving Crops slides 1-92 1.5
4   11/15/2021   Power Point for Improving Crops slides 93-172 1.5 6.5
  11/16/2021   Improving Crops Quiz and discussion post 1
  11/17/2021   Power Point for Weather and Climate 1.5
  11/18/2021   Weather and Climate Quiz and discussion post, Exam 2 Review open 8am 1.5
  11/19/2021   Exam 2 open 8am, closes Monday 11/22 at 9pm 1
5   11/22/2021   Exam 2 Closes at 9pm Power Point for Ag Production Syatems 1 5.5
  11/23/2021   Ag Production Systems Quiz, Videos over Intercropping, Crop Rotation, Power Point for Soils, Videos over soil texture, reading soil test, Cation Exchange Capacity, Lime addition, Nutrient Deficiency in Corn 4.5
  11/24/2021   Thanksgiving Holiday 0
  11/25/2021   Thanksgiving Holiday 0
  11/26/2021   Thanksgiving Holiday 0
6   11/29/2021   Soils Quiz, Power Point for Tillage and Crop Establishment 2 7
  11/30/2021   Tillage and Crop Est. Quiz and Discussion, Video on Difference in Till and No Till Soil 1
  12/1/2021   Power Point for Weeds, Videos on Hydrilla on Lake Conroe, Johnson Grass, Integrated Pest Management 1.5
  12/2/2021   Weeds Quiz, Exam 3 Review open 8am 1.5
  12/3/2021   Exam 3 open 8am, closes Monday 12/6 at 9pm  1
7   12/6/2021   Exam 3 closes at 9pm 1 6.5
  12/7/2021   Power Point for Disease and Insects, Research Paper open at 8am 1.5
  12/8/2021   Disease and Insects Quiz, work on research paper 1.5
  12/9/2021   Power Point for Harvesting and Storage, Quiz, Exam 4 Review open 8am 1.5
  12/10/2021   Exam 4 open 8am, closes Monday 12/13 at 9pm 1
8   12/13/2021   Exam 4 Closes at 9pm 1 4
  12/14/2021   All exam reviews are the review for final. Research Paper Due by 9pm 0
  12/15/2021 Online Final Final Open Tuesday 12/14 1201 am to Wednesday 12/15 1159 pm 3
          Total Contact Hours 48