PLSCS 3210 - Soil and Crop Management for Sustainability

Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Recommended prerequisite: PLSCS 1900  or PLSCS 2600 .

J. Amsili, J. Lehmann, J. Thies.

Students learn about agronomy and recent advances in sustainable soil and crop management, and gain a lot of practical farming knowledge. Integrated perspectives on the physical, biological, and chemical aspects of soil management in the broader context of agroecosystems are explored. Soil and crop management practices and resulting interactions between soil, water, organisms, and organic and chemical inputs form the basis for discussions on diverse cropping systems, soil health, water quality and quantity, bioenergy, greenhouse gases, and sustainability.

Outcome 1: Synthesize and evaluate historical and current concepts of sustainable soil and crop management, and relate and integrate them into personal experience

Outcome 2: Analyze data related to basic soil physical, biological and chemical processes through analysis, graphing, and interpretation of data

Outcome 3: Summarize factors affecting crop production and describe common criteria used to evaluate the sustainability of cropping systems

Outcome 4: Describe and define technologies and policies related to the management of soil and crops

Outcome 5: Demonstrate competency in assessing and planning sustainable soil management from reading, lectures, hands-on experience as well as the use of commonly used management tools.

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