Course Description:

We will study vegetable crops common to the area; cultural sequence, fertilization, irrigation, cultivation, pest control, harvest, marketing, cost analysis, risks environmental relationships as well as other factors. 


Section #:

Units: 3

Location: MACE 170 - Lec     T - 11:05 - 12:10
              MACE 170 - Lec    TH - 7:00 - 7:50
              MACE 170 - Lab    TH - 7:55 - 11:00


Lec. T     11:05 – 12:10
Lec. TH     7:00 – 7:50
Lab. TH     7:55 –  11:00


Last day to
drop without a “W”               September 10th. 5 pm


Last day to
drop a class                        November 16th. 5 pm


Required Text:

Producing Vegetable Crops,  5th. Edition, John M. Swiader & George W. Ware

Instructor Information:

Office:              Ag 118

Office Hours: Held in the Ace Building on West

M         4:30 - 5:30 pm MACE
T         2:00 - 3:00 pm MACE
TH     12:45 - 3:45 pm MACE 

Phone Number:  575-6209

Division Office   575-6200
email address: 


Students enrolled in this class are not required to have prior experience or knowledge in plant science.  It is an introductory course intended for three groups: students in degree or certificate programs, students seeking additional career skills and/or students with personal interest in agriculture.


MJC Agriculture Farm Lab - West Campus & Beckwith

Library -8 a.m. - 9 p.m.- Monday - Thursday;8 a.m. - 5 p.m.- Friday

Research Information Course - CD ROM Database and OPUS

Library Computer Lab

Career Development Center- 575-6239

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

1.  Compare the vegetable crop regions 
     of California and the United States.

2.  Identify the national and state vegetable crops
     and their importance to the economy.

3.  Explain and categorize the environmental 
     factors relating to vegetable plant growth.

4.  Create a model to set up and carry out a 
     variety trial.

5.  Categorize the marketing systems used in the 
     vegetable industry.

6.  Evaluate the economic impact of exports and 

7.  Develop a plan to establish a seedbed.

8.  Select a plant nutrition program for vegetable 

9.  Solve cultivation, irrigation, and pest control 

10. Analyze post-harvest handling problems.



Student grades for the level of success demonstrated during the following activities will determine the lecture and lab portion of this class:

Tests, Quizzes, Homework, and Laboratory 
Notebook                                                  90% 

Participation                                              10%

All assignments must be turned in typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, & Times New Roman.  Quizzes will not be made up under any conditions.  There will be no late papers accepted.  No make-up exams will be given. You may check the status of your grade during office hours only throughout the semester.  Grades will be scaled by this percentage

A = 100% - 90%
B =  89% - 80%
C =  79% - 70%
D =  69% - 60%
F =   59% - 0%

Classroom disturbances.  Cell phones are to be turned off while in the classroom or laboratory.  If you are seen using a cell phone, you will be asked to leave the lecture or lab. 

In addition, no other electronic devices may be used in the class.


Lab Notebook Instructions

Weed Collection Sample

Weed List

MJC General Scholarship

Chapter 1                                          Lab #1

Tomato                                             Lab #2



Cole Crops

JCS Scholarship