Course ID: AGRO 3453, Forage Crops, FALL 2008
Prerequisites: AGRO 1033
Text(s) and supplemental books and materials:
Southern Forage, 3rd Ed. by Don Ball, G. S. Hoveland, and G. D. Lacefield. Potash & Phosphate Inst.
Paul B. Francis, AG 103, 460-1314,
Office hours: M,W,F 11-12, 4-5; T, Th 10-12, 3-5 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.
Special dates of concern:
Oct. 3 – Deadline to file for May graduation (seniors take note)
Nov. 5 – Last day to drop with a ‘W’.
We will also try to
attend the annual meeting of the
Goals and objectives:
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of forages and forage crop management for hay, grazing, wildlife or multiple use. General areas of emphasis will be in:
- the role of forages in agriculture, wildlife management, soil and water
conservation and society,
- terminology and units of measurement used in forages,
- forage establishment, renovation and management,
- forage and forage weed identification,
- development of a pasture management plan,
- proper design of forage grazing systems,
- the role of forages in livestock systems.
Provisions for tests and evaluations:
If you miss an exam for a legitimate reason, please inform the instructor within 5 days prior or after so that a makeup exam can be scheduled. In some situations, the missed points or make up exam may be added to the final exam. Legitimate reasons are things like official University functions, illness, trauma, or other reasons such as a job interview.
test topics chapters est. time
1 Terminology, botany of grasses and legumes, 1,3,9-12 3 weeks
ecological principles, forage basics.
2 Forage quality, hay, silage, physiology. 13-23 4 weeks
3 Forage species. 4-8, handouts 4 weeks
4 Pasture management. 2,11,25-32 4 weeks
Three 100 pt lecture exams 300 pts
Final, comprehensive exam 100 pts
Forage collection 100 pts
Pasture management plan 50 pts
Plant I.D. quizzes 50 pts
Total 600 pts
Letter grade assignment: A: 540+ B: 480-539 C: 420-479 D: 360-419
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