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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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AGB 206 - Farms Operations & Management I

Last Date of Approval: 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 15
Total Lab Hours: 60
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
Student participation in the operation and management of an actual Iowa farm. The class is responsible for the plans for the school-managed farm, record keeping, decisions on buying the farm’s crops, and participating in the actual planting of the crops, and arrangements for equipment and fertilizers. Outside speakers on current topics affecting the farm and agriculture will be utilized. The course will provide student with many critical thinking opportunities that will be vital to them in making decisions for the farm. These skills and hands-on-leaning opportunities will be vital to them as they are able to implement these in any agricultural career.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will manage in the management and operation of a typical Iowa farm. Students will have knowledge of the farm’s resources including the sustainability of those resources and environmental and governmental regulations that affect those resources.

2. Students will have personally experienced the challenges and satisfaction of an actual farm operation.

3. Students will participate in an effective committee structure and the decision- making process for the management and operation of the farm.

4. Students will gain experience in group communication and working relationships.

5. Students will be able to make decisions related to buying seed, planting, rotating seed populations, and spring tillage and weed control. Students will be able to make decisions related to harvesting of crops, fall tillage, grain marketing, and fall nitrogen application.

Course Objectives

1. Farm Layout - Crops grown - Types of tillage used - Partners - Where farms are located - What prep work has been done.

2. Market college grain. - Elevator Location - Types of grain contracts

3. Marketing plans for the farm. -Types of marketing plans - Pros and Cons of marketing plans - Reporting Markets

4. Grain checks and contracts. - Reading and understanding grain checks - Reading and understanding contracts

5. Seed selections for corn and beans. - Seed dealers - Treatment options - GDD - Variety’s

6. Farm record book. - Income - Expenses - Crop year - Fiscal year

7. Crop Ins. - Types - Adj. Yield - Cost

8. Spraying packages for corn and beans - Mode of action - Pre vs. Post - Costs

9. Spring field work - Tillage - Fertilizer - Planting - Pre spraying


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