Crop and Soil Health Management
What is this course about?
Practical problems in plant production agriculture, agriculture mechanics, and natural resources. Includes
problems in algebra, geometry, equipment calibrations, metrics, weights, and measures.
Section # 8179
Location MAGC 170
Time Tuesday (Lec)
7:00 – 7:50
8:00 – 11:05
11:15 – 12:20
Final April 28, 2020
7:00 – 9:50 am
Lab Final April 21. 2020
8:00 – 11:05
Last day to
drop without a “W”
January 26th. 5 pm
Last day to apply for AA/AS
March 6th. 5 pm
Last day to drop a class
April 4th. 5 pm
Grading and Evaluation
Grades are earned by the students and are a reflection of their effort and understanding of the material. Class participation is important and graded. All homework must be typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, & Times New Roman. Pop quizzes will not be made up under any conditions. There will be no late papers accepted without prior arrangements. Make-up exams will be given for excused absences. You can E-mail your homework to me if you will not be able to attend class.
The syllabus is tentative. There will be many other activities, assignments and topics covered during the course of the semester and the syllabus will be adjusted accordingly.
A 90-100% D 60-69%
B 80-89% F Below 59%
Tests, Quizzes, Homework,
Lab Notebook, and
Classroom Exercises = 90%
Participation = 10%
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Read a PCA recommendation and fill the tank with the proper mixture of active
ingredient and water to eliminate pests when sprayed.
2. Determine the output of spray rigs based on nozzle size and pressure.
STATEMENT OF STUDENT AUDIENCE
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.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Calculate acreage of a variety of parcel slopes.
2. Determine the required trees and vines per acre.
3. Calculate plant populations.
4. Calculate volumes of tanks, silos, bins, fuel tanks,
and storage areas.
5. Calibrate drills, planters, sprayers, and fertilizer
6. Calculate water flow.
7. Determine metric conversions.
Cell phones are to be turned off while in the classroom. If you are seen using a cell phone, you will be asked to leave the lecture. In addition, no other electronic devices may be used in the class.
MJC Agriculture Farm Lab - West Campus & Beckwith Laboratory
Library - 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Monday - Thursday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. – Friday
Library Computer Lab
Career Development Center - 575-6239
Course Schedule (tentative)
b. Plants, trees, vines per acre
c. Paint requirements
d. Landscaped areas
a. Tanks, silos, grain bins, bulk bins, fuel
tanks, fertilizer storage
3. Calibration of Equipment
a. Grain drills
d. Fertilizer applicators
e. Turf and ornamental equipment
4. Irrigation Problems
a. Water flow
b. Calculations for different irrigation methods
5. Metric System
6. English System
7. Pest Control Advisor's Recommendations
a. Nurse tanks
b. Sprayer tanks
8. Chemical Labels
a. Mixing instructions
b. Personal Protective Equipment
April 30, 2020 FINAL EXAM
Lab Notebook Instructions
Lab 1 - Area & Pacing
Lab 2 - Area, Determine Tree/Vine Berm Spraying
Lab 3 - Applications at High & Low rate cost
Lab 4 - Sprayer tip pattern and pressure inspection
Lab 5 - World Ag Expo
Lab 6 - Air-O-Fan, Testing Coverage
Lab 7 - Ground Sprayer Testing Calibration
Lab 8 -
Lab 9- Stanislaus Farm Supply
Lab 10 - Soil Webinar (Look on Canvas for details)
Lab 11- Determining Actual Fertilizer Applied
Lab 12 - Fertilizer Blends
Sierra Research Laboratories Scholarship
Mr. Mike Morales
M 10:30 – 1:30 & 1:45 – 2:45