Courses in Agri-Business

Soils I

PLSC 1100     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course has a lecture and a lab component. Areas of study will include the physical properties, chemical properties, biological properties, soil formation, classification, essential nutrient and soil survey. There will be emphasis on soil and water conservation and practices that can be used to reduce soil erosion. Evaluations of soil samples will be conducted in the agribusiness lab and in the field. (Prerequisites: None)

Forages and Pasture Management

PLSC 1105     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course includes the study of the management and production of small grains and forages. Subject areas will include varietal selection, planting, calculating yields, production costs, growth management, harvesting techniques and marketing techniques. The forage management will focus on alfalfa production, emphasis on establishment, winter survival, fertilization, cutting management and variety selection. (Prerequisites: None)

Soils II

PLSC 1200     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers both the technical and practical information that should be of assistance to a student who would farm or go into the fertilizer business. The course deals with the basic soil-plant relationships and the effects of fertility. Detailed information on fertilizer materials and the information of test results will also be covered. Students will put into practice many of the cropping practices that are required by someone pursuing a career in the fertilizer and/or chemical field. Students will determine the proper rates and application methods. (Prerequisites: PLSC 1100)

Precision Agriculture

PLSC 1205     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
The course objectives include basic understanding of precision agriculture, high-tech equipment, and strategies. Students will gain an understanding of the hardware, software and management strategies of precision agriculture. Areas of study will include GIS, GPS, remote sensing, differential correction, yield monitoring, and grid mapping. Farmworks software will be incorporated into the course.

Agronomy I

PLSC 1300     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers agronomy principles for midwest crops. The course covers basic components of plant growth, seed quality, plant parts, plant growth and development, plant classification, maturity systems and seeding rates. Corn and soybean production will be major crops of consideration. (Prerequisites: None)

Agronomy II

PLSC 1400     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course considers the characteristics and identification of noxious and common weeds and weed seeds, methods of control, evaluation of herbicide performance and tolerance to herbicides. Topics on herbicide characteristics, formulations and application methods will be taken into account in determining the most economic method of weed control. (Prerequisite: PLSC 1300)

Commercial Pesticide License Training

PLSC 2000     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to complement other courses offered in weed, insect and disease control and pesticide application so as to help facilitate the student with skills necessary to pass the state examinations for applicator licensing and the federal examination for private applicator licensing. (Prerequisite: None)

Agronomy Lab

PLSC 2100     2.00 Credits
This course covers the determination of grain quality, proper storage and handling. Laboratory exercises will be run on grain samples and student's home grains. Grain drying systems will be explained with advantages and disadvantages of each system identified. This course covers commercial grain grading practices including seed identification and grain grading. The course will also cover state grain marketing procedures and an introduction to USDA standards for corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley and sunflowers. (Prerequisite: None)

Advanced Agronomy

PLSC 2700     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course includes units of instruction on management practices in the production of corn & soybeans, the economic and environmental aspects of soil damage systems, nutrient management recommendations for nitrogen and phosphorus, and current topics in the agronomy field. Classes will include speakers from the agricultural industry to address the current topics. The lab portion of the course will include grading corn and soybean samples as well on labs as plant genetics.(Prerequisites: PLSC 1300 and PLSC 1400)