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 Course Title:   Specialty Row Crop Production

 Title Abbreviation:   SPECIALTY ROW CROP PRODU

 Department:    ENVAG

 Course #:    128

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Covers how to schedule, manage, and produce specialty crops in the Pacific Northwest throughout the year; includes crop soil fertility and pollination needs.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws and language pertaining to specialty crop production.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of scheduling, succession planting, seasonality, days to maturity, climate, and environment with regards to vegetable production.
  3. Show familiarity with crop post-harvest handling and food safety and storage,i.e. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation for the diverse array of specialty crops, including agrisilviculture, silvopasture, and other specialty production.
  5. Understand the relative environmental impacts of farm machinery with regards to soils, crops, weeds, and the environment.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

Course Contents

  1. Crop soil fertility needs.
  2. Crop soil organic matter and fertilizer.
  3. Crop soil management.
  4. Year-round crop planting calendar and harvesting, succession cropping, and crop rotations.
  5. Crop raised beds, greenhouses, cold frames, and cloches.
  6. Crop irrigation planning and low-volume irrigation techniques.
  7. Crop seed trade, purchasing, and germination.
  8. Crop open-pollinated and hybrid seeds.
  9. Crop transplant production; crop insects and biological control.
  10. Crop list on cultural requirements, planning, insects, diseases, harvesting, growing seed, saving seed, and varieties.
  11. Crop soil fertility from compost.