Course Number and Title: AGS 202 Agronomic Crops
This course covers principles and production for major agronomic crops, including fertilization and tillage practices and economics of production.
- Interpret agronomic crop requirements and their relationship to the environment. (CCC 1, 5; PGC 3)
- Assess methods of crop selection for a growing season. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC 5, 4)
- Integrate the broad sciences of botany, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, soil, climatology, genetics, entomology, and pathology that are intrinsically involved in crop production. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC 2, 3, 4)
- Analyze principles that support adopting or rejecting new technologies and techniques in agronomic production. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC 2, 3, 4)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Interpret agronomic crop requirements and their relationship to the environment.
- Compare changes in climates as related to agronomic production.
- Differentiate soil structures and amendments necessary for plant production.
- Select tillage practices best used for specific crops.
- Apply integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as needed for weed and other pest problems associated with crop production.
- Assess methods of crop selection for a growing season.
- Evaluate seed selection for quality and production needs.
- Compare methods of planting agronomic crops for production.
- Compare contract prices for agronomic crops when selecting seed.
- Integrate the broad sciences of botany, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, soil, climatology, genetics, entomology, and pathology that are intrinsically involved in crop production.
- Differentiate botanical structures of agronomic plants.
- Compare morphological, physiological, and genetic factors of crop development.
- Select methods to access information resources needed to solve specific field crop production problems.
- Compare energy, water, and nutrient flows that pertain to field crop production.
- Analyze principles that support adopting or rejecting new technologies and techniques in agronomic production.
- Analyze the importance of quality factors in crops and relate to the factors that influence the production of quality in agronomic crops.
- Compare cultural practices for crop selection, production practices, and pest management in soybeans, corn, cereals, sorghum, grasses, and legume forages.
- Analyze the economics of production.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Exams (4-6) (Summative) (equally weighted)
Project/Serial Problems (Summative) (equally weighted)
Assignments/Activities/Quizzes (Formative) (equally weighted)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Apply basic agribusiness management procedures to production and marketing of agriculture products.
- Integrate pest management procedures into crop production techniques.
- Demonstrate production techniques related to sustainable agriculture.
- Demonstrate scheduling, production, marketing, harvesting, and safe handling of crops.
- Describe the importance of poultry, livestock, and crop production to the agriculture industry.
- Assess breeding, care, and nutrition of livestock animals.
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