Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management
(AGRO 824) Macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants; the role of single elements; interaction/balances between elements and nutrient deficiency/ toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant; and the relationship between crop nutrition and production/environmental considerations (e.g. yield, drought, temperature, pests).
Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry-matter partitioning.
Water Issues in Lawn and Landscape
Examines critical water issues related to irrigation in urbanizing watersheds, with an emphasis on water quality and quantity. Factors impacting water scarcity and quality will be discussed. Course will help students understand the interrelatedness of correct irrigation practices and water quality/quantity, and will equip them with the necessary career tools to help protect water resources through application of science-based irrigation practices.
This course focuses on the physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs and ground covers. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the career tools to install and maintain woody plants. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve students’ skills and knowledge of woody plant physiology, care and maintenance.
Pest Resistance Management
(RNGE 496; SOIL 496) (1-6, max 12 cr I, II, III)
Prereq: 12 hrs agronomy or closely related fields and permission
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a
departmental faculty member.
Management of Horticultural Crop Insects
Prereq: Introductory course in biology. Credit toward the degree cannot be earned in both ENTO 303 and ENTO 403/803. Biology, ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural crops such as vegetables, fruit trees, trees and shrubs, greenhouse crops, turf and ornamentals. Employs IPM strategies to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.
Entomology and Pest Management
Prereq: Introductory course in entomology. Principles and practices of managing insect pests. Pest management theory, use of sampling, evaluation, tactics, types of insect pests, and current issues.
Biological Control of Pests
Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS and/or agricultural sciences. ENTO/PLPT 813 is offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.Principles and practices of using natural enemies and antagonists to manage the abundance of pests and reduce economic losses.
(3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS; 4 hrs organic chemistry.
Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Principles of toxicology, insecticide classification, mode of action, metabolism and consequences of insecticide use.
Plant Resistance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
Theory and principles underlying the development and importance of plant resistance in an integrated management program, including environmental impacts, inheritance of resistance and strategies for selecting insect resistance.
Turf & Landscape Weed Management
Individual or group projects in research and literature review under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.
Turf Disease Management
Course focuses on diseases of grasses maintained as turf, emphasizing diseases that occur in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. In addition to strategies used in managing the diseases, the biology of the causal organisms and the influence of environmental conditions are examined.
Survey of the principles and practices of plant pathology. The main and genetic elements involved in plant disease will be covered. Many of the major diseases, as well as their causes and effects, will be surveyed.
Herbicides and Weed Management Systems
The overall objective is to familiarize advanced students with the current state of knowledge on herbicide modes and mechanisms of action and recent developments by industry and universities in herbicide physiology. In this course, we will integrate plant anatomy, plant physiology, biochemistry, plant breeding, and principles of weed science as they relate to herbicide modes and mechanisms of action. This course is designed to examine how a herbicide molecule is absorbed (uptake) by plants, how it moves within plants (translocation), how it acts within plants (mode and mechanism of action), and the importance of metabolism as a means of selectivity between crops and weeds. This is not a course about weed identification, weed control recommendations, and weed management systems using biological, cultural, and chemical means.
Environmental Stress Physiology
Physiology of plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on current research in selected physiological, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms for tolerance to environmental stresses such as temperature extremes, drought, salt, pathogens and other plants.
Comprehensive, in-depth study of modified rootzones and their applications in the turfgrass and landscape management industries, including applications in current construction techniques. The course focuses on "created" soils for specialized situations, such as golf greens, sports fields, container plants and green roofs.
Business Management of Agriculture Enterprises
Students will research a specific agricultural enterprise then develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. This course requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analyses of case studies.