SRJC Course Outlines

7/19/2024 5:58:00 AMHORT 71 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 71Title:  NURSERY PRODUCTION  
Full Title:  Nursery Production
Last Reviewed:2/11/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  AG 92.2

Catalog Description:
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Course covers study of production techniques, growing media, watering, fertilization, marketing and sales, as well as nursery site selection and development.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Course covers study of production techniques, growing media, watering, fertilization, marketing and sales, as well as nursery site selection and development.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1984Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.   Compare and contrast old and new nursery industry practices to assess changes and advances.
2.   Identify and discuss significant events and developments in the history of the U.S. nursery industry.
3.   Classify and describe nursery operations based on 4 major criteria:ownership; function; production system; and product.
4.   List and identify characteristics of major federal laws and regulations that are of concern to the nursery industry.
5.   Identify the top geographic centers of nursery production in the U.S. and the types of crops produced in each.
6.   Identify the four major categories for nursery site selection.
7.   Identify common plant placement patterns in nursery production areas and evaluate for production efficiency.
8.   Compare and contrast container vs. field grown production systems for production and marketing advantages and challenges.
9.   Describe common practices in commercial liner and plug production.
10. Summarize primary (environmental) and cultural modifiers of various plant characteristics or plant qualities.
11. Demonstrate cultural modification practices for a variety of plants.
12. Identify the function of commercial production media.
13. Identify common ingredients used in the production of media for container growing, describe their properties, and explain what each ingredient contributes to the media.
14. Identify essential nutrients for plant growth and development.
15. Discuss common commercial fertilizers and compare and contrast the properties and advantages of synthetic and organic types.
16. Compare and contrast different commercial methods of fertilizer application.
17. Determine how and when to apply fertilizer, depending on fertilizer and plant type.
18. Describe a variety of integrated pest management practices.
19. Describe the most common nursery storage facilities and their purposes.
20. Identify the responsibilities of buyer, seller, and carrier in the shipping of nursery materials.
21. Calculate the number of cuttings necessary to fulfill a production contract.
22. Estimate materials, facility, and labor coasts associated with a production contract.

Topics and Scope
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1. The nursery industry
   A. History of U.S. nursery industry
   B. Current nursery industry practices
2. Nursery classifications and functions
3. Federal laws and regulations
4. U.S. production centers
5. Nursery site selection
   A. Site organization and development
   B. Planting patterns
6. Production Systems
  A. Container grown
  B. Field grown
  C. Liner and plug
  D. Seed/seedling
7. Modifying plant growth and development
  A. Primary (environmental)
  B. Cultural
8. Media and mixes
9. Essential nutrients and fertilization
  A. Commercial fertilizers
  B. Synthetic and organic fertilizers
10. Common plant pests and disorders and integrated pest management practices
11. Nursery storage facilities and their purposes
12. Shipping: responsibilities of buyer, seller, and carrier
13. Marketing and production contracts
14. Plant estimation: materials, facilty, labor costs

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1. 10-15-page written report and oral presentation on selected nursery production topic.
2. Proposal for small-scale nursery setup and operation.
3. 5-10 pages weekly reading; reading reports.
4. Field work, lab participation and lab reports.
5. 6-8 field trips and reports.
6. 3-5 tests and a final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Reading reports, lab reports, production report
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Nursery proposal; field trip reports; field work; lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 20%
Field work
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Tests and final exam: multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Lab participation; oral presentation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Nursery Management, Adminstration and Culture, 4th ed., H. Davidson, R. Mecklenburg, and C. Peterson, Prentice Hall, NJ, 2000 (classic)
Integrated Pest Management for Florculture and Nurseries, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, 2001 (classic)
The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation, Michael Dirr and Charles W. Heuser, Jr., 2nd edition, Varsity Press, Cary, NC, 2006
Instructor prepared materials

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