AGRI 1407
Agronomy

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    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.
    2. Lab:  The required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes - 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.Differentiate production methods based on geography and crop selection.
  3. Course Requirements
    1. Six Major Exams – 600 points
    2. Crop Portfolio – 100 points
    3. Laboratory Attendance/Activity – 300 points
    4. Comprehensive Final Exam – 200 points
  4. Information On Books
    1. Principles of Field Crop Production, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall
      ISBN-13:  978-0-1302-5967-7
      ISBN-10:  0130259675
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Content and Tentative Schedule*

Week 1

Introduction

Week 2

Chapter 1 – The Art and Science of Crop Production

Week 3

Chapter 2 – Crop Plants in Relation to the Environment
Chapter 3 – Botany of Crop Plants
Exam #1
LAB: Crop Seed Identification

Week 4

Exam #1
Chapter 4 – Crop Improvement
LAB: Crop Seed ID Quiz, Cropping Regions of the US

Week 5

Chapter 5 – Tillage Practices
LAB:  Green Tissue Testing

Week 6

Chapter 6 – Fertilizer, Green Manuring, Rotation and Multiple Cropping Practices
Exam #2
LAB: Fertilizer Analysis of Soils

Week 7

Chapter 7 – Seeds and Seeding
Chapter 9 – Handling and Marketing Grain, Seeds and Hay
LAB:  Indirect Seeding

Week 8

Chapter 11 – Weeds and Their Control
Exam #3
LAB: Weed Identification

Week 9

Chapter 12 – Corn or Maize
LAB: pH Testing of Soils

Week 10

Chapter 15 - Wheat
Exam #4
LAB:  Garden Plan Design

Week 11

Chapter 16 – Rye and Triticale
Chapter 17 – Barley
Chapter 18 – Oat
Chapter 19 – Rice
LAB: Garden Preparation

Week 12

Exam #5
Chapter 22 – Alfalfa
Chapter 23 – Sweetclover
Chapter 24 – The True Clovers
Chapter 25 – Lespedeza
Chapter 26 – Soybean
LAB:  Plant Garden and Crop Plants

Week 13

Chapter 27 – Cowpea
Chapter 28 – Field Beans
Chapter 29 – Peanut
Chapter 30 – Miscellaneous Legumes
Chapter 31 – Buckwheat
Chapter 32 – Flax
Chapter 33 – Cotton
Chapter 34 - Tobacco
LAB: Field Trip

Week 14

Chapter 35 - Sugarbeet
Chapter 36 - Potato
Chapter 37 – Sweet Potato
Chapter 38 - Canola
Chapter 39 – Miscellaneous Industrial Crops
Exam #6
LAB:  Cotton Farming in Scurry County

Week 15

Crop Portfolio Due, Review for Final Exam

Week 16

Final Exam

 

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

 

Last Modified: October 5, 2017