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COURSE NUMBER: AGRI109
COURSE TITLE:Agriculture Technology
DIVISION:Technology
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:45
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:135
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Progressively, new technology has been merged with current technology to improve the environmental, economic and operational aspects of agriculture. This course will introduce students to precision technology that is currently being incorporated into modern agricultural operations and new technology that is under research and development. The course will discuss technologies used from the field to the kitchen and from the barn to the skillet.

PREREQUISITES:
No prerequisite

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • To provide an introduction to:
    • Precision Agriculture Terminology (example, GPS, GIS, Drones, WIFI, Satellite, Sensors, Remote, data base, variability, precision application)
  • To develop an understanding of Precision Agricultural Applications:
    Precision technology use in:
    • Field Crop production
      Use of drones for field scouting
      Variable rate planting, multiple hybrid planting, precision planters, variable rate fertility application
    • Grain storage and marketing:
      Monitoring grain drying and grain quality, remote grain handling systems and control
      Technology used in marketing grain
    • Animal Science
      Data collection and applications
      Breed selection and breeding schedules, new technology for disease detection and treatment, building environmental control, quality and safety of facilities
    • Soil and Water Conservation
      Soil testing techniques
      Drones for monitoring nitrogen levels and drainage issues
  • To provide opportunities for career exploration in Precision Agriculture:
    Careers in research, development, sales and marketing, quality, safety, social and environmental

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  • Historic timeline of technology advancement in agriculture
  • Justification of how technology is Data driven
  • Precision technologies:
    • Information
      Guidance
    • Analysis
    • Scouting
  • Agronomic technologies:
    • Mapping
    • Soil testing
    • Soil fertility levels
    • Variable Fertilizer application
    • Variable rate planting populations
    • Multi variety planting technology
    • Water management
    • Irrigation
    • Fertigation
    • Chemical application
  • Precision Livestock Technologies:
    • Feeding
    • Breeding
    • Growth
    • Production (dairy)
  • Grain Production:
    • Planting
    • Monitoring during growth
    • Harvesting
    • Drying and Storage
    • Transportation
    • Marketing
  • Guidance:
    • GPS – GIS
    • Autosteer
    • Coordinating operations electronically
  • Scouting and Data Collection:
    • Drones used for Observation
    • Computer software
    • Monitors
    • Sensors
  • Careers in Agricultural Precision Technology:
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Research
    • Maintenance and Calibration

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
The Precision-Farming Guide for Agriculturists, Morgan and Ess, Deere and Company, 2010. ISBN: 0-86691-358-0
Precision Farming: A New Approach. Ram, Lohan, Singh, Singh, Daya Publishing House, 2014. ISBN: 978-93-5130-258-2

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
  • Class Discussion 10%
  • Class Assignments 25%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Hour Exams 20%
  • Final Exam 20%
Grade Scale:
A- 90% or above
B- 80-90%
C- 70-80%
D- 70-80%
F- Below 60%

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Online Digital papers and simulation demonstrations.
Precision Farming Basics, Shannon, new textbook in development, Fall 2016.

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Spring 2019

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