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Brenham · Agricultural Sciences · Agriculture - AGRI

Agronomy
AGRI-1107

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B02 CRN-21512
  • 1 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/20/2021

Meeting Times

Tuesday- Thursday 12-1250 pm Room RACC 105

 

Contact Information

Mr. Ben Burroughs

Email: [email protected]

(O) 979-830-4266

Office is located in the Shop building RACS 104

Office hours are MW - 10am-12pm, and 1pm-330pm, TR - 1pm-330pm, Friday by Appt only

Description

This laboratory-based course accompanies AGRI 1307. Laboratory activities will reinforce the fundamental principles and practices in the development, production, and management of field crops including growth and development, climate, plant requirements, pest management, and production methods.

Requisites

Corequisites: AGRI 1307

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes

  1. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific and agronomic tools to collect and analyze data and demonstrate methods.
  2. Use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
  3. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
  4. Summarize the role of climate and geography in present and past crop production. 
  5.  Explain the growth and development of crops. 
  6.  Analyze the impact of climate on crops. 
  7.  Assess the interactions of soils, water, and fertility on crop production. 
  8.  Contrast methods of pest management in crop production. 
  9. Differentiate production methods based on geography and crop selection.

Materials

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

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. 

Power Point Assignments: prepare a power point discussing class topics in your own words with pictures and descriptions.  

Exams: Will be done through hands on learning and online questions/discussions  

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. 

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.

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).

 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 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: https://ecampus.blinn.edu/default.asp

Evaluation

Exams  300 points 3 exams at 100 points each
     
Quizzes   150 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= 765-850              
               

B= 680-764

             
               
C= 595- 679              
               
D=510-594              
               
F= <509              

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

Schedule

Week       Weekly Face to Face Details Meeting Contact Hours Online Content Details Online Contact Hours Weekly Contact Hours
1 T 10/26/2021   Syllabus, Expectations, Intro to Agronomy Lab 1 Syllabus Quiz, Honorlock Quiz, Introduction Discussion Post 1 4
R 10/28/2021   History of Agriculture/Agronomy,  1 History of Agronomy Quiz, Discussion post 1
  M 11/1/2021 Day of Record          
2 T 11/2/2021   Greenhouse 1 Green House Discussion Post 1 4
R 11/4/2021   Soil Types 1 Exam 1 online Due by 11/5 at 9pm 1
3 T 11/9/2021   Seed/Crop selection 1 Class Discussion on what to grow 1 4
R 11/11/2021   Propagation 1 Summary for what hormones to use and why 1
4 T 11/16/2021   Plant Population 1 Plant Populations discussion 1 4
R 11/18/2021   Row spacing 1 Row Spacing Discussion 1
5 T 11/23/2021   Leaf Area Index (LAI) 1 LAI Discussion 1 2
R 11/25/2021   Thanksgiving 0 Thanksgiving 0
6 T 11/30/2021   Irrigation, Weather and Climate 1 Irrigation techniques Discussion, Exam 2 Online due by 12/1 at 9pm, Hometown Weather and climate power point 2 5
R 12/2/2021   Implements/Tools 1 Primative tool discussion 1
7 T 12/7/2021   Tractors, Compaction 1 tractor power point, Research paper opens 1 5
R 12/9/2021   Harvesting Equipment 1 harvesting equipment discussion, Exam 3 online due by 12/10 at 9pm 2
8 T 12/14/2021   Final Review 1 Fina Review, Research paper due by noon.  1 2
  W 12/15/2021 Online Final   0 Online Final 2 2
              Total Contact Hours 32