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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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AGA 381 - Crop Scouting

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 30
Course Description:
This course focuses on identification of pest problems in crops and on developing an integrated pest management program. Students learn to utilize economic thresholds in recommending control methods that are vital to the economic and environmental needs in the industry. Students also learn to prevent potential fertility, pest, and environmental problems with crop production practices. Upon competition of this course students will have developed many critical thinking and hands-on learning experiences that will be beneficial in the industry.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: AGA 852- Principles of Crop Production

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:
1. Students will be able to identify insect, disease, weeds, herbicide injury, soil compaction and nutrient deficiency symptoms for corn, soybean, and alfalfa.
2. Students will understand pest life cycles, environmental and/or crop history information which can lead to pest damage.
3. Students will understand crop growth and development and how it related to pest damage and nutrient deficiencies.
4. Students will understand how to effectively and efficiently scout for pest damage and how to take soil and plant tissue samples.

Course Objectives:
1. Define Integrated Pest Management
2. Design a pest scouting plan and pest management calendar
3. Explain the difference between Economic Threshold, Economic Injury Level, and give an example of each
4. List the factors to consider when determining the severity of a weed infestation
5. List the four disease interacting conditions and how they can be managed
6. List the basic principles of crop monitoring, collect and submit plant, pest, and soil samples for diagnosis
7. List and describe the growth stages and plant populations of corn and soybeans
8. Identify planting problems Identify nutrient deficiencies and fertilizer injury
9. Use a crop diagnostic guide List and explain the areas to look for insect  damage
10. Use a sweep net Identify the common crop insect pests and their life cycles
11. Explain scouting procedures for the major crop diseases
12. Describe the pathogen and symptoms of the major crop diseases
13. Identify general plant injury symptoms caused by the main herbicide classes
14. Define the term Weed List and describe the basic weed scouting procedures
15. Identify the vegetative parts of grass and broadleaf weeds
16. Use a weed key Identify the common crop and weed plants List the names of the primary and secondary noxious weeds of Iowa
17. List and describe the major modes of action
18. Evaluate herbicide injury List the genetic crop traits that can be used in management of insects
19. List the genetic crop traits that can be used in management of diseases and weeds
20. Design a pest management program that uses genetic crop traits
21. Outline an organic pest management strategy Compare and contrast organic and conventional pest management

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