Lecture Schedule

Please note that there are several TBA topics due to either needing confirmation from guest lecturers or needing input from the class before finalizing. Adjustments will likely be made throughout the semester depending on the amount of material that is covered in each lecture and class participation. Every effort will be made to keep this site up to date, but announcements during lecture will take priority over this site. In other words, missing an exam because it was announced and given on a date different from this site will not be conisdered an excused absence!

 

Date

Lecture Topic

Vegetable

Growers

Handbook

Chapter

Producing

Vegetable

Crops

Chapter

Mon

Aug 31

Introduction; Discuss Projects; The Vegetable Industry

1

1

Wed

Sept 2

Production systems; Marketing vegetable crops

2

1

Mon

Sept 7

Classification of vegetable crops; Nutritive value

2

Wed

Sept 9

Plant Growth & Development

3

Mon

Sept 14

Continue Plant Growth & Development; Begin Cultural Practices Lecture

3,4

5,6,8

Wed

Sept 16

Cultural Practices: Soil Management, Fertilization

3,4

5,6,8

Mon

Sept 21

Disease Management (Dr. Thomas Isakeit)

8

9

Wed

Sept 23

Weed Management (Dr. Joe Masabni)

7
9

Mon

Sept 28

Continue Cultural Practices Lectures: Fertilizer Problems (Note there is an additional handout for this lecture here)

3,4

9

Wed

Sept 30

Irrigation

5

Mon

Oct 5

Chemical Application and Safety

 

9

9

Wed

Oct 7

Exam 1

Mon

Oct 12

Review Exam 1

Finish Chemical Application and Safety - Sprayer Calibration

   

Wed

Oct 14

Plant Breeding and Variety Selection

4

Mon

Oct 19

Finish Plant Breeding and Variety Selection

11

Wed

Oct 21

Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering

Mon

Oct 26

Organic crop production.  Read: Introduction, Certification, Organic Certified Requirements, and Summary in “Commercial Organic Vegetable Production Guide” on the web @ http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/commorganicvegprod/

Wed

Oct 28

Food Safety on the Farm

Exam 2 - Note this will be a take ho me exam emailed to each student individually. The exam will be due by the start of class on Monday, either emailed back to the professor (srking@tamu.edu) or delivered to the instructor at the start of class on Monday (Nov. 2)

   

Note: The following topics are currently on the schedule, but a final decision will be made based on input from the class. The Topics that may be covered include: Cucurbit, Crucifer, Solanaceous, Salad & Green, Root & Bulb, Legumes, Specialty, Greenhouse, and Home Gardening. There is an option to tour a small local tomato greenhouse production operation during the greenhouse section.

Mon

Nov 2

Cucurbit Crops: Cucumber

Lab this afternoon: Sprayer calibration

Texas Agricultural Extension Service

Crop

Guides

17, 19

Wed

Nov 4

Cucurbit Crops: Melon

17, 19

Mon

Nov 9

Cucurbit Crops: Watermelon; Squash/Pumpkin

14

Wed

Nov 11

Crucifer Crops

14, 22, 27

Mon

Nov 16

Crucifer Crops

22, 27

Wed

Nov 18

Solanaceous crops

 

Mon

Nov 23

Solanaceous crops

 

Wed

Nov 24

Take-home exam 3 will be distributed via email

Finish Solanaceous crops; Begin Greenhouse Crops if time permits

 

Thur-Fri

Nov 26-27

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Mon

Nov 30

Greenhouse Crops

This afternoon (lab period)- Meet at Millican Produce, 22168 FM 159, Millican, TX

(Google Map from HortScience Building)

 

Wed

Dec 2

TBA

 

Tue

Dec 15

8:00 10:00 a.m. Comprehensive Final: 20% of grade