AGRI 1407

Western Texas College

    1. Course description:  Principles and practices in the development, production, and management of field crops including growth and development, climate, plant requirements, pest management, and production methods.
    1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
      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.
    1. Grading system:  Final grades will be assigned based on a point system of assignments.  Students will earn an A, B, C, D, F, I, W, Q. Final grades are as follows:
      A=1080 points and above
      B=960-1079 points
      C=840-959 points
      D=720-839 points
      F=719 points and below
    2. Graded course requirements: 
      Six Major Exams – 600 points
      Library research – 100 points
      Lab – 300 points
      Final Exam – 200 points
    1. Required books:  Principles of Field Crop Production, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall
    1. Make-up tests or late assignments: There will be no make up exams given and no late assignments accepted.  If a student knows that he/she will be gone on the day of an exam or assignment, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.
    2. Attendance policy:  All students are expected to attend all classes and labs on time.  After a student has been absent three hours, it will be reported to the counseling center.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are on a roll sheet.  If a student comes in late, it will count as an absence.  Disruptive behavior will result in the student being removed form the class.
    3. Academic integrity:  Cheating and/or plagiarism will result in being removed from the class.
    4. Cell Phones:  Cell phones must be turned to silent or turned off during class.
    5. Final exams:  Final exams must be taken at the scheduled times.  No finals will be given early.
    1. SAFETY:  A number of safety measures are in place for your continued protection.  In the    event of inclement weather, shelters have been designated at several locations on campus.  Your student handbook will have a map of these locations and you should familiarize yourself with each.  The shelters will be marked at the entrance.  Western Texas College is part of the citywide call list, which is activated by the local law enforcement personnel.  Warnings will be given throughout the campus once the call is received.
    2. EMERGENCY: All offices serve as emergency communications points.  Please notify the nearest WTC staff member should you become aware of the need for assistance of any type.  Campus phone: Dial 9-911.
    3. BAD WEATHER POLICY: In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstance, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be.  Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed.  This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    4. ADA STATEMENT: Western Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.  The college counselors have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under, are available from the college counselors.
    5. SPECIAL ASSISTANCE:  If, as a result of a disability, a student needs special assistance to participate in a class, the counselor is to be notified immediately so that the prescribed process can be initiated.
    6.  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:  Western Texas College is an equal opportunity institution and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    1. Course organization and rationale:  Course begins with general principles of crop production and then moves into the identification of crops of the grass family, legumes and other plant families.
    2. Weekly course schedule:
Week 1 


Week 2

Chapter 1, Chapter 2

Week 3

Chapter 3

Week 4

Exam #1, Chapter 4

Week 5

Chapter 5, Chapter 6

Week 6

Exam #2, Chapters 8

Week 7

Chapter 9, Exam #3

Week 8

Chapter 10, Chapter 11

Week 9

Exam #3

Week 10


Week 11

Sorghum, Wheat

Week 12

Exam #4 Small Grains

Week 13

Small Grains, Exam #5

Week 14

Legumes, Other Crops

Week 15

Other Crops, Exam #6

Week 16



  1. Disclaimer:  The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.



Last Modified: September 21, 2016