AGR 1000 Introduction to Field Crop Science Fall 2017

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1 AGR 1000 Introduction to Field Crop Science Fall 2017 Instructor: Mr. Willard Mott Office: J112E Phone: Tuesday 8:00 9:40 AM Rm: J116E Seminar Tuesday 9:50 10:10 AM Rm: J116E Thursday 8:00 9:40 AM Rm: J117E Seminar Thursday 9:50 10:10 AM Rm: J117E Office Hours: Monday 9:00 11:00 AM Tuesday Thursday 11:00 1:00 PM 11:00 12:30 PM Other Times Available By Appointment Textbook: Russell E. Mullen. Plant Production Systems: Food, Fuel, Feed, Fiber. 5 th Ed Kendall Hunt Publishing. ISBN Patricia Stoller. Crop Sciences Laboratory Manual ITCS Instructional Materials University of Illinois. X900 Illinois Agronomy Handbook; available online at: Course Description: Course Objectives: The basic principles of plant growth, including human and environmental influences and the theoretical and practical application of agronomic principles to crop production. Includes the historical and economic importance of crop plants for food, feed, and fiber; origin, classification, and geographic distribution of field crops; environmental factors and agronomic problems; crop plant breeding, growth, development, and physiology; cropping systems and practices; seedbed preparation, tillage, and crop establishment; pests and controls; and harvesting, storing, and marketing practices. 1. Students will identify and explain the importance of crops on world food production. 2. Students will identify and describe the basic principles of plant growth. 3. Students will evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of agronomic principles. Prerequisite: None

2 Disability: Attendance: Grades: You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, posttraumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability. If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at ) or stop by office C-211. Attendance will be taken on a daily basis. Students will be subject to withdrawal from the course by the instructor after 3 unexcused absences. Each tardy will be recorded as a half absence. The following grading scale will be used. Grade will be calculated using the individual student s accumulation of points out of the total possible points for the course. When a final letter grade is assigned, attendance and class participation will be taken into consideration, especially in situations where students are close to having earned the next higher grade. A 90% - 100% D 60% - 69% B 80% - 89% F Below 60% C 70% - 79% Grading Format: Exam 1 - Exam 2 - Exam 3(Final) - Laboratory Reports (15) - Total Points Possible: 100 pts 100 pts. 150 pts. 300 pts. 650 pts. Blackboard: Exams/Quizzes: Homework: Late Work: Blackboard will be used for grades, announcements, course materials, and assignments. Students are required to use blackboard on a regular basis. Students are expected to take all exams and quizzes as scheduled. Should a student miss an exam or a quiz for a valid reason the student will have two school days to make up the exam. Students are required to the instructor the day of the exam or quiz explaining the reason for the absence. Further evidence may be requested to validate the reason for an absence. Failure to the instructor the day of the exam or quiz will result in a zero. Students are required to submit homework electronically in blackboard unless otherwise instructed in the assignment. The due date and assignment details will be posted in blackboard. Assignments turned in late will receive a score of zero. No late work will be accepted.

3 Withdraw: Financial Aid: Academic Honesty: The last day to withdraw from the course is November 3, If it becomes necessary to withdraw from the course it is recommended to meet with the instructor prior to starting the process. The instructor reserves the right to withdraw a student. Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the financial aid office before withdrawing from a course. Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will automatically receive a score of zero and may be subject to further disciplinary action according to the IVCC Student Code of Conduct. Effective Summer 2011, all students will be responsible for checking their IVCC . All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC . Student Rights and Responsibilities: Students will be expected to demonstrate and follow all expectations, guidelines, and standards outlined in the student handbook which is available at: Concerning: 1. Attendance 2. Academic Integrity 3. Code of Conduct 4. Complaints 5. Harassment Incomplete: Other items: Incompletes may be issued when extenuating circumstances exist that a student cannot complete a course. Arrangements will be made with the instructor. No additional testing, extra credit or grade boosting will be allowed. During all class meetings, please turn off all cell phones and pagers or place them on silent mode. Students are not allowed to have cell phones out during lecture. Food, drink, and tobacco products are not allowed in the classroom. Students are strongly discouraged from bringing children to class.

4 Course Outline: (adjustments may be made as necessary) Week 1: Introduction Week 2: Lab Report #1 Due Required Reading: Chapter 1 Crop Anatomy pages 1-28 Chapter 2 Crop Plant Classification and Identification Part I: pages Crop Plant Anatomy / Plant Morphology / Crop Plant Classification Week 3: Lab Report #2 Due Chapter 2 Crop Plant Classification and Identification Part II: pages Chapter 3 Crop Physiology pages Seed, Germination, and Emergence Preparation Week 4: Lab Report #3 Due Chapter 3 Crop Physiology pages Seed, Germination, and Emergence Week 5: Lab Report #4 Due Chapter 4 Climate pages Determining Yield Estimates / Determining Plant Population Week 6: Exam #1 Chapters 1 4 Lab Report #5 Due Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Crop Growth Parameters / Light and Water Week 7: Lab Report #6 Due Chapter 5 Soils pages Crop Growth Rate / Light / Temperature

5 Week 8: Lab Report #7 Due Continue Chapter 5 Soils pages Chapter 6 Soil Water pages Soil Structure, Profiles, Texture, Quality Indicators Week 9: Lab Report #8 Due Chapter 7 Tillage and Seeding pages Interpreting Soil Test Data Week 10: Lab Report #9 Due Chapter 8 Plant Breeding pages Using Web Soil Survey Week 11: Lab Report #10 Due Exam #2 Chapter 5-8 Agronomic Tour Week 12: Lab Report #11 Due Chapter 9 Seed and Grain Quality pages Plant Reproduction Week 13: Lab Report #12 Due Chapter 10 Weed Management pages Grain Grading and Crop Judging Week 14: Lab Report #13 Due Chapter 11 Insect Management pages Ag Research / Crop Seed, Weed Seed, and Weed Identification

6 Week 15: Lab Report #14 Due Chapter 12 Crop Disease Management pages No Lab **** Thanksgiving Break (College Closed) Week 16: Chapter 13 Crop Harvesting and Storage pages Crop Scouting / Crop Pests Week 17: Lab Report #15 Due Current Topics in Agronomy Review and Wrap Up for Final Exam Final Exam: Cumulative Final Exam December 7, 2017