2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 14, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AGS 250 - Horticulture Fall Production


Description: Horticulture production activities involved with the growing of market crops. Emphasis on hydroponic, greenhouse and field grown orchard and row crops. Includes team work and hands on learning managing and producing in an extensive greenhouse, orchard, organic and research gardens and flower beds. State of the art computer controls system and cutting edge techniques used in the cultivation of food crops and ornamentals. Requires additional flexible lab hours.

Credits: 4
Lecture: 2
Lab: 6

Course Content:
  1. Nutrients
  2. Crops
  3. Sanitation
  4. Computerized control
  5. Horticultural substrates
  6. Greenhouse types, structures, components
  7. Production scheduling
  8. Water
  9. Hydroponics
  10. Insects and disease
  11. Pesticides, herbicides, bio-controls
  12. Sexual propagation
  13. Facilities management

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Utilize computer software for formulating nutrients and tracking plant growth. (1, 4, 7, 13)
  2. Mix and apply fertilizers based on need, growth stage and growing system. (1, 7)
  3. Identify crops by common and scientific name. (2)
  4. Select appropriate crops. (2)
  5. Practice sanitation techniques. (3)
  6. Implement environmental controls. (4)
  7. Recommend and prepare horticultural substrates in mixes. (5)
  8. Compile suitable products and create compost. (5)
  9. Evaluate the benefit of different greenhouse types, structures and season extenders. (6)
  10. Identify greenhouse operational components. (6)
  11. Employ a grow plan to finish crops at appropriate size for marketability. (7)
  12. Program auto watering cycles based on crop needs. (8)
  13. Investigate, recommend and utilize appropriate watering system for crop needs. (8)
  14. Design, budget and create a functioning hydroponics system. (9)
  15. Operate varied hydroponic systems. (9)
  16. Scout for and classify horticultural insects, pests, weeds and disease. (10, 11)
  17. Evaluate the success of biocontrol measures. (10, 11)
  18. Apply appropriate control measures for pests in varied production areas. (10, 11)
  19. Train for and complete industry approved Pesticide Safety Certification. (10, 11)
  20. Maximize seed germination using varied techniques. (12)
  21. Operate a seeding machine. (12)
  22. Manage a horticultural facility. (13)