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COURSE NUMBER: AGRI121
COURSE TITLE:Introductory Crop (Plant) Science
DIVISION:Technology
IAI CODE(S): AG 903
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:60
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:135
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours

PREREQUISITES:
No prerequisite

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify and explain the importance of crops on world food production.
  • Identify and describe the basic principles of plant growth.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of agronomic principles.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  1. Importance of Crop Plants – Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel
    • History, trends, issues, and challenges
    • Ecosystems and their relationship to cultivating plants
    • Plants for human use
    • Cultivated plants: naming, classification, and biodiversity
  2. Biological Processes of Plants
    • Structure of higher plants
    • Growth and development
    • Chemistry and metabolism
    • Genetics and propagation
    • Photosynthesis and respiration
  3. Environmental Factors of Plants
    • Air
    • Light
    • Moisture
    • Temperature
    • Soil
  4. Crop Production and Utilization Systems
    • Soil, water, and fertilizer management
    • Harvest, storage, and marketing
  5. Integrated Pest Management
    • Weeds
    • Insects
    • Plant diseases
Topical Lab Outline:
  • Plant Classification
  • Plant Morphology
  • Seeds, Germination, and Emergence
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Light and Water
  • Growth Regulators
  • Agronomic Research
  • Cultural Practices
  • Crop Pests
  • Corn and Cereal Crops
  • Soybean and Forage Crops
  • Precision Farming

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Required:
Crop Sciences Lab Manual, Patricia Stoller. ITCS.

Recommended:
Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated Plants. M. McMahon, A. Kofranek, and V. Rubatzky. Current Edition
Field Crop Scouting Manual. Pubs Plus. University of Illinois
(https://pubsplus.uiuc.edu/index.html)

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

EVALUATION:
Course Grades will be based on:
  • Class discussion 10%
  • Laboratory & Class assignments 30%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 20%
Grade Scale:
A- 90% or above
B- 80-90%
C- 70-80%
D- 70-80%
F- Below 60%

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
  • Crop Science: Principles and Practices, R. Mullen. Pearson Custom Publishing, ISBN 0-536-72100-9
  • Introduction to Plant Science, R. Parker. Delmar Cengage Learning. ISBN 1-4018-4188-0
  • Hartmann's Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated Plants, M. McMahon, A. Kofranek, and V. Rubatzky. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0131140752
  • Principles of Field Crop Production, J. Martin, R. Waldren, and D. Stamp. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-025967-5
  • Principles of Crop Production, Acquaah
  • Plant and Soil Science, R. Parker, Delmar Cengage Learning, current edition.
  • Modern Corn and Soybean Production, R. Hoeft, E. Nafziger, R. Johnson, and S. Aldrich, MCSP Publications. (http://www.mcsp-pubs.com/)
  • Illinois Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals, Pubs Plus, University of Illinois. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/privatepsep/
  • Plant Pathology - Plant Disease Series (RPD), University of Illinois VISTA. (http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/rpd.html)
  • Field Crop Scouting Manual, Pubs Plus, University of Illinois. (https://pubsplus.uiuc.edu/index.html)
  • Weeds of the Great Plains, Nebraska Department of Agriculture. (http://www.agr.state.ne.us/forms/nw11.pdf)
  • Crop Production, J. Vorst. ISBN 0-87563-838-4 (http://www.stipes.com/agriculture.html).
  • Corn & Soybean Field Guide, Purdue University.(http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agry/dtc/Pages/field-guide.aspx)
  • Ag Forage Field Guide, Purdue University - currently not available. (https://secure.agriculture.purdue.edu/store/default.asp)
  • Crop Sciences Lab Manual, ITCS.
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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