Course ID:  AGRO 1033, Principles of Field Crops.  Spring 2008.

 

Prerequisites: none

 

Text(s) and supplemental books and materials:  Study Guide and Laboratory Manual For AGRO 1033, Principles of Field Crops.  rev. 2004  by P. B. Francis, UAM Bookstore publication.

 

Professor’s name:  Paul B. Francis,  AG 103, 460-1314, francis@uamont.edu

 

Office hours:  M-F 11-12, T-F 1-3 or by appointment.

 

Special policies statement:

1. Any student caught in an intentional, premeditated and blatant act of cheating on any exam will be given the option of withdrawing from the course or receiving an ‘F’. 

2. Attendance at all class functions is highly encouraged but not required.  Attendance records will be kept on file for the occasional request from student loan representatives and potential employers.  Please notify the instructor if you are having to miss a class meeting so that it can be recorded as an excused absence.

3. No test makeups!  You are allowed to drop one of your five lecture tests and one of your three laboratory tests.  A missed exam will count as your drop test.  Any other missed tests will add to the weight of the comprehensive final exam. 

 

Special dates of concern:

            Mon. Jan. 21 – No class, MLK, Jr. Holiday

            Feb. 22 – deadline to file for Aug. or Dec. graduation.

            April 7-18 – Pre-registration for summer, fall 2008.

            April 2 – Last day to drop with a ‘W’.

            April 29 – Last day UAM classes.

            May 2 – Final exam, 8-10 a.m.

 

Goals and objectives:

At the successful completion of this course the student will:

1. Understand basic plant morphological and physiological processes and the

     relevance to field crop production.

2. Understand basic soil science principles and implications to soil and crop

     management.

3. Comprehend the production practices, marketing and current technological

    developments of major field crops in the U.S. and region.

4. Know the different areas and careers of agronomy and horticulture.

5. Obtain a basic foundation of the plant and soil sciences in preparation for

     advanced studies in upper level courses.

 

 

 

Provisions for tests and evaluations:

There will be four 100 pt lecture exams and a final, comprehensive, 100 pt exam.  The lowest grade will be dropped.  There will also be three, 50 pt, laboratory practicum exams.  The lowest lab test grade dropped.  In summary:

            Four, 100 pt exams:                                      400 pts

            Final, 100 pt comprehensive exam:             100 pts 

                        DROP lowest score:                                                  400 pts

            Three, 50 pt laboratory practicums:           150 pts

                        DROP lowest score:                                                  100 pts

                                                                        TOTAL PTS:                        500 pts

Grading:         A: 450 +

                        B: 400 – 449

                        C: 350 – 399

                        D: 300 – 349

 

NOTICES:

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the course.  Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in Harris Hall Room 120; phone 870 460-1026; TDD 870 460-1626; Fax 870 460-1926.  For assistance on a College of Technolgy campus contact: McGehee: Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 222-5360; Fax 870 222-1105.  Crossett: Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 364-6414; Fax 870 364-5707.  AA Dox. 8/14/07.

 

Conduct Code:  Disorderly Conduct: Any behavior which disrupts the regular or normal functions of the University community, including behavior which breaches the peace or violates the rights of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRO 1033 Tentative Schedule

Spring 2008

 

date                             topic

1-10     Introduction.

1-14     LAB 1, Seed Principles.  Start LAB 3, Seedling Growth and Morphology.

1-15     Unit 2. Crop Adaptation and Distribution.

1-17     Unit 3. Crop and Plant Classification.

 

1-21     NO LAB, UAM Holiday!

1-22     Finish Unit 3.

1-24     Unit 4. Plant Reproduction.

 

1-28     LAB 2. Seed Morphology: Corn, Bean and Cotton.

1-29     Finish Unit 4.  Start Unit 5, Plant Morphology.

1-31     Finish Unit 5.  Test 1 review.

 

2-4       LAB 3. Seedling Growth and Morphology.

2-5       TEST 1.  Units 1-5 (100 pts)

2-7       Unit 6. Photosynthesis, Photorespiration, Respiration.

 

2-11     LAB 4. Plant Morphology: Monocots and Dicots.

2-12     Finish Unit 6.

2-14     Unit 7. Soil Science Principles.

 

2-18     LAB TEST 1.  Units 1-4 (100 pts)

2-19     Unit 7.

2-21     Unit 7.

 

2-25     LAB 5. Flower Morphology: Grasses, Corn, Legumes, Cotton.

2-26     Finish Unit 7.  Test 2 review.

2-28     TEST 2.  Units 6-7 (100 pts)

 

3-10     LAB 6. Principles of Plant Breeding and Cultivar Development.

3-11     Unit 8. Corn Production.

3-13     Finish Unit 8. Begin Unit 9, Grain Sorghum Production.

 

March 17-21 Spring Break, Please be Careful!

 

3-24     LAB 7. Plant Hormones.

3-25     Finish Unit 9. Begin Unit 10, Wheat and Other Small Grains.

3-27     Finish Unit 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-31     LAB 8. Seed and Plant I.D.

4-1       Unit 11. Rice.

4-3       Finish Unit 11.  Test 3 review.

 

4-7       LAB TEST 2.  Labs 5-7 (50 pts)

4-8       TEST 3.  Units 8-11 (100 pts).

4-10     Unit 12.  Soybeans and Other Oilseed Crops.

 

4-14     LAB 9.  Seed Grading.

4-15     Finish Unit 12.

4-17     Unit 13. Cotton.

 

4-21     LABS 10 and 11.  Weed Control, Pesticide Safety.

4-22     Finish Unit 13.

4-24     Unit 14. Forages.

 

4-23     LAB 12. Precision Agriculture.

4-24     Unit 15. Horticulture Crops.

4-26     TEST 4.  Units 12-15 (100 pts).

 

4-28     LAB TEST 3.  LABS 8-12 (50 pts).

4-29     Course review. 

 

5-2       FINAL EXAM, 8-10 a.m.   Be Prepared!!!