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Forage Crops
FORAGE CROPS
CLASS CODE: AGRON 330 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A composite study of an important field of agronomy, forage and cereal crops used in the livestock industry. Applied production principles and management requirements will be emphasized for each crop.
DESCRIPTION: To direct and give competency to the student for proper identification and application of the production principles and practices and good management requirements of each agronomically important field, forage, and cereal crop as relating to the various livestock enterprises and the livestock industry.
TOPICS: Forages in the North. Soil conditions. Plant nutrition and growth. Seeding and establishment of legumes and grasses. Weed control and winter survival of forage crops. Alfalfa varieties, characteristics and management. Grasses. Legumes. Pasture and Range management. Feed grains. Storage of forages and grains.
OBJECTIVES: 1. An understanding of applicable biological principles and language as pertaining to growth and plant life cycles and the critical physiological stages for various forage and feed crops as related to various regional areas of the country.
2. Proper identification of the grawsses and leguemes in various stages of growth of selected field, forage, and cereal crops.
3. A workable knowledge of several adaptable and non-adaptable crop varieties.
4. Understanding and application of the farm-crop grading systems as relating to storage, feed value, and pricing in marketing (both buying and selling) the product.
5. Identify and use correct crop production practices such as fertilization, soil and seedbed preparation, planting dates, plant populations, tillage, water requiremetns, harvesting, transportation, storage losses, and various pest problem identification and solutions of individual crops.
6. Be familiar with and wisely use available resources for the marketing (buying and selling) of various crops.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001