AGRONOMY 365T, SOIL FERTILITY (with emphasis on turf by cfr61548


									                    AGRONOMY 365T, SOIL FERTILITY (with emphasis on turf management)
                                           Spring 2009

                                     Two 1-hour Lectures, One 2-hour Laboratory (3 credits)
                                              Lectures and Exams in LILY 3-102
                                                 Laboratories in LILY 3-427
                                           Course Instructor: George E. Van Scoyoc

                      Course Website: (Blackboard Vista)
                         Course Tutoring Website:

AGRY 255, (Soil Science), NRES 255 (Soil Science), or AGRY 270 (Forest Soils), or consent of instructor.

Turfgrass Soil Fertility and Chemical Problems: Assessment and Management. Authors: R.N. Carrow, D.V.
Waddington, and P.E. Rieke. The text will be supplemented with Extension Bulletins, industry publications,
and other handouts.

Principal Course Objectives:
1. Understand how soil physical, chemical and biological properties and the environment influence the
   availability of nutrients to plants.

2. Gain an appreciation of how nutrients influence plant growth and understand the importance of nutrient
   placement and management in various soils and plant production systems.

3. Acquire the ability to make fertilizer recommendations that are agronomically efficient, environmentally
   sustainable, and economical.

Course Content:
Essential nutrients for plant growth: amount and form(s) taken up by plants and the physiological roles of these
elements within plants.

Plant root nutrient acquisition: movement of nutrients to roots and the mechanisms of nutrient uptake.

Soil properties and how they influence nutrient mobility and bioavailability: cation exchange, ion adsorption,
solubility, precipitation, soil pH, and pH adjustment.

Impact of ions such as sodium and aluminum on plant growth.

Nutrient availability assessment: soil testing, interpretation, and making fertilizer recommendations to enhance
plant growth and development.

Nitrogen: roles in plants, common deficiency symptoms, nitrogen in soils, important transformations and loss
mechanisms, nitrogen fertilizers, and nitrogen management practices that increase nitrogen use efficiency.

Phosphorus: roles in plants, common deficiency symptoms, phosphorus in soils, phosphorus transformations
and loss mechanisms, phosphorus fertilizers, and phosphorus management practices that increase phosphorus
use efficiency.

Potassium: roles in plants, common deficiency symptoms, potassium in soils, potassium transformations and
loss mechanisms, potassium fertilizers, and potassium management practices that increase potassium use

Secondary and micronutrients: roles in plants, common deficiency symptoms, methods used to correct these

Nutrient Management Planning: develop nutrient plans for a variety of cropping systems with emphasis on turf.

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                                               AGRONOMY 365T, SOIL FERTILITY
     Instructors                             Office               Phone                  email address   _
George E. Van Scoyoc                    3440 Lilly              494-5115   
Laurel Royer                            3343 Lilly              494-8095   
Candiss Williams                        3460 Lilly              494-8786   
Sherry Fulk-Bringman                    Soils Resource Center   494-8786   
Judy Lindell                            Soils Resource Center

Feel free to contact any of the instructors at any time if you have questions. If the instructors are not available
when you stop by, please leave a message and telephone number with Dawn Foushi in 3440 Lilly. All
instructors also encourage you to contact them via email to ask questions or arrange times to discuss any
questions or concerns you have.

On-line Tutoring
Remote tutoring sessions are available with Dr. Van Scoyoc via the Web:

Sessions will be regulary scheduled before each homework assignment and exam and as requested by the

Regular attendance is expected. A maximum of 15 bonus points are possible from participation in lecture. We
will be using the CPS Response System during the lecture to assess your understanding of the topics being

Lecture Note Outlines
Lecture outlines and, or PowerPoint™ printouts will be supplied for each lecture. We hope that these outlines
reduce the amount of writing you have to do during class so you can listen more, ask questions, and hopefully
learn more efficiently and effectively. We will post these outlines and all PowerPoint™ materials on the AGRY
365T Website.

In the laboratory, you will learn how to conduct some of the common soil testing methods used by commercial
soil testing laboratories. Many of these “wet” labs will involve the use of concentrated acids and bases.
Therefore, safety is emphasized. Make sure you locate the safety shower and eyewash the first day of the
laboratory. Safety glasses, lab coats and other personal protection equipment are available for use in all labs.
Follow the oral directions of your instructors and the written safety precautions in your laboratory
handouts at all times. Please do not wear your best clothes to lab as some of the chemicals used in the lab may
ruin them.

Laboratory procedures will be provided to you the week before the laboratory. You are required to know the
laboratory procedures before coming to the lab. A lab quiz covering these procedures will be given at the
beginning of each new laboratory, so please be on time so you can take the quizzes. If you are late to lab, you
will have less time to complete the quiz or miss the quiz altogether. These quizzes will be worth five points
each and constitute roughly 5-6 percent of the course grade. Please take these quizzes seriously.

Accuracy is expected in the laboratory. Lack of attention to detail in the laboratory procedures will negatively
impact your results, and therefore your laboratory report grade. Laboratory reports will consist of the data sheet
in the lab handout, calculations used to derive your data, and answers to additional questions related to the lab

2009 AGRY 365T objectives and course content
Lab reports will generally be due Friday at 5:00 p.m. of the week lab was completed or at another time
specified by your lab instructor. This will allow us to rapidly grade your reports and discuss any questions
you may have at the beginning of the next lab period. Late lab reports will be accepted with a 50 percent
penalty if turned in before your next week’s scheduled laboratory period. However, laboratory reports will not
be accepted after this time unless specific arrangements have been made with your assigned laboratory

If you are not able to attend your scheduled laboratory, you must notify your assigned laboratory instructor at
least one week in advance. No make up labs will be allowed unless you have made previous arrangements with
your assigned laboratory instructor prior to your scheduled laboratory.

Grading System       (Approximate Point Distribution)
      Hour exams, three @ 100           300 points
      Comprehensive final exam          100 points
      Problem sets                       70 points
      Weekly lab reports                150 points
      Pre-lab quizzes                    40 points
      Field Trip or Alternate Report     20 points
      Semester Management Project.       40 points
      Total                             720 points
Course Grading Policy
Course grades will be assigned according to the percent of the total points earned (not including bonus points).
Students who earn 90% of the total points or greater in the course will be guaranteed to receive an A, 87% a
B+, 80% a B, 77% a C+, 70% a C, 67% a D+, 60% a D, and less than 60% an F. The instructor reserves the
right to lower the cut off percentages for grades.

major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages are subject to changes that
may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other course changes. These changes can be found by
accessing the course web page on Blackboard Vista or by contacting Dr. Van Scoyoc by e-mail:

No make-up exams will be given unless arrangements are made with the course instructor (George
Van Scoyoc) before the scheduled exam is given. If you miss an hour exam without making prior
arrangements, you will receive a zero for that exam. Homework assignments are due on the date and time
indicated when they are given to you. Late homework assignments will be accepted with a 50 percent penalty if
turned in before the assignment has been graded and returned to class. Homework assignments will not be
accepted after this time unless specific arrangements have been made with the course instructor.

Course Policy on Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty (cheating) in this course will not be tolerated.

Examples of cheating include:

     1. Obtaining or using work other than your own on homework, laboratories, quizzes or exams.
     2. Using study aids, crib sheets, data stored on calculators, etc. during exams or quizzes.
     3. Soliciting answers from or providing answers to other students on homework, laboratories, quizzes or

Anyone caught cheating can expect disciplinary action. At a minimum, you will receive a zero on the
homework, laboratory, quiz or exam, and a letter signed by you verifying your academic dishonesty will be
placed in your file. Additionally, you may fail the course and, or be reported to the Dean of Students.

We encourage peer interaction when completing homework and laboratory assignments. However, the work
that you turn in (and the data for your labs) must be your own. You may discuss these assignments with others
to help you learn the material, but you may not copy answers from someone else.

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