COURSE DESCRIPTION

Elementary botany of fruit and nut crops including growth and fruiting habits, varieties, characteristics and adaptations; environmental factors influencing local fruit production; pruning and training procedures on local fruit crops.

Section #:         0893 

Units:               3 

Office:              Ag 118

Office Hours:     M    10:10 - 12:10
                       W    7:00 - 8:00 &
                              11:15 - 12:15
                       TH   1:30 - 2:30

(Office hours will be held in the ACE Building on West campus)

Phone Number:  575-6209

Division Office   575-6200
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email address: moralesmi@mjc.edu     

Important dates:     Last day to drop without a "W"
                              or a Refund:  
                             September 6, 2020

                             Last day to drop:
                             December 12, 2020        

 

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify the principle California fruit crops, current acreages, and trends. 
  • Define horticultural terminology. 
  • Identify local fruit and vine species and varieties. 
  • Explain the basic structures of plants and describe their function. 
  • Explain the process of photosynthesis and its response to environmental changes.
 

 

 

STATEMENT OF STUDENT AUDIENCE & FACILITIES

Students enrolled in this class may be in one or more of the following groups: (1) Students in degree or certificate programs (2) Students seeking additional career advancement and (3) Students seeking a Pest Control Advisor License and /or (4) Students who have personal interest in fruit science.

 

Grading

The level of success demonstrated during the following point earning activities will determine student grades for this class.

Tests, Quizzes, Homework, 
Labs, and Lab Write-Ups           90%

Participation                            10%

MAKE UP QUIZZES/EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN FOR PRIOR EXCUSED ABSENCES ONLY.  LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE INSTRUCTOR.

Required text: Fruit and Nut Production
                     ISBN 978-1-58874-575-0  

 

Class and Lab Resources:

Nut and Leaf Collection

Leaf sample and Nut sample

Almonds

Walnuts

Peaches and Nectarines

Japanese, European, and American Plums

P & N CP

Apricots

Pistachios

Olives

Persimmons

Pomegranates

Portion of the crop Borne on Buds in the Various Positions.

Pruning

Pruning Terms

Tree Pruning

Sprayers

Orchard Design

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Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus part 2 

 

 

Students need to log onto the zoom meetings with your video and sound on for all lectures and labs as need be.  Let your class mates know what is going on if you could.

Thanks,

Mr. Morales

 

Location:          ACE 170 Lec. 
                       ACE 170 Lab.

Meeting Time:

Lecture:            T        7:00 –  7:50
                       TH    11:15 – 12:20

Lab:                 T       8:00 – 11:05

Lab Final:         December 1, 2020

Final Exam:       December 10, 2020 
                                   7:00 – 9:50

 Use voice mail message at 575-6209 if you miss class, to qualify for make-up.  (Mandatory)   Some office hours may not be available due to conflicts of scheduled field trips or seminars. 

 

 
 




  

  • Judge fruit trees & vines for training and production. 
  • Select a training system for a given orchard or vineyard variety. 
  • Train a tree & vine for production. 
  • Prune a mature tree & vine for production.
  • Plant fruit and nut trees.
  • Identify principle plant tissue.
  • Predict local frost possibility from local meteorological conditions. 
  • 65-Acre Beckwith MJC School Farm Laboratory
  • West Campus MJC School Farm Laboratory
  • MJC Library and Computer Lab
  • Modesto City Library
  • MJC Agriculture Computer Lab
  • Tutorial Center
  • Career Development Center

 
Grade scale - % of total points earned:

     A         90 – 100

     B         80 – 89

     C         70 – 79

     D         60 – 69

     F          59 and below

Student Learning Outcome

After the student is given instruction on how to design a orchard planting guide they will be able to design a nut or fruit tree plot plan for several different nut and fruit crop varieties on a written test.

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 you may be asked to leave the lecture if you are using your computer to do things that do not pertain to this course.

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