SRJC Course Outlines

6/26/2022 3:32:22 PMSUSAG 116 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 116Title:  ORGANIC APPLE PRODUCTION  
Full Title:  Organic Apple Production
Last Reviewed:9/13/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled.754 min.Lab Scheduled13.13
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.75 Contact Total30.63
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 65.63 

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

Catalog Description:
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This course emphasizes organic apple production practices and is intended for current or potential apple producers. Emphasizes available and effective methods in commercial or small-scale organic contexts.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course emphasizes organic apple production practices and is intended for current or potential apple producers. Emphasizes available and effective methods in commercial or small-scale organic contexts.
(Grade or P/NP)

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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Describe the practices used to establish a successful orchard.
2. Select appropriate apple varieties and rootstocks for planting.
3. Monitor an orchard for pests and utilize appropriate pest management control approaches.
4. Develop a plan for managing harvest and post-harvest operations.
 

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
1. Identify state and federal regulations pertaining to the production of organic apples.
2. Establish an orchard so as to ensure optimal production.
3. Identify appropriate apple varieties and rootstocks for different uses - fresh market, processing, cider, home orchard.
4. Describe practices to create and maintain adequate soil fertility.
5. Describe management practices to control weed competition and provide appropriate access in the orchard floor.
6. List common diseases of apples and describe the symptoms and control methods.
7. List the common physiological disorders of apples and describe the symptoms and control methods.
8. Monitor an orchard for pests and utilize appropriate pest management control approaches.
9. Describe a plan for managing harvest and post-harvest operations.
10. Discuss pruning and training of apple trees for optimal production.
11. Discuss marketing considerations for organically grown apples.

Topics and Scope
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I. Overview of the Organic Apple Industry                              
            A. Trends in organic production and markets                  
            B. Supply and price response                  
            C. Regulation of California organic apple production methods, including certification                  
II. Orchard Planning                              
            A. Site selection                  
                        1. soil      
                       2. climate      
                       3. microclimate      
            B. Land preparation                  
            C. Planting                  
            D. Rootstock selection                  
            E. Variety selection                  
III. Orchard management                              
            A. Tree nutrition and fertilization                  
            B. Fruit thinning                  
            C. Pruning                  
            D. Irrigation timing                  
            E. Orchard floor management                  
                        1. Weed control      
                        2. Cover crop selection and management      
            F. Irrigation system                  
                        1. Installation      
                       2. Management      
            G. Equipment requirements                  
IV. Disease and Pest Management                              
            A. Apple diseases                  
                        1. Major apple diseases      
                                    a. apple scab
                                   b. fire blight
                       2. Minor apples diseases      
                                    a. powdery mildew
                                   b. phytophthora root and crown rot
                                   c. oat root fungus
                                   d. dematophora root rot
                                   e. sappy bark
                                   f. southern blight
                                   g. European canker
                                   h. post-harvest rots
                                   i. viruses
           B. Physiological disorders                  
                        1. Major: bitter pit      
                        2. Minor      
                                   a. water core
                                   b. apple measles
           C. Insect pest management                  
                        1. Major      
                                   a. codling moth
                                   b. aphids
                       2. Minor      
                                   a. mites
                                   b. tentiform leafminer
                                   c. leafrollers
           D. Vertebrate pest management                  
                        1. Deer      
                       2. Gophers      
                       3. Rabbits      
                       4. Birds      
V. Harvest and Post-harvest Operations                              
            A. Pre-harvest factors                  
            B. Harvesting and packing                  
            C. Apple storage                  
            D. Sanitation during processing of organic apples                  
VI. Marketing Considerations                              
            A. Quality                  
            B. Demand                  
            C. Marketing channels                  
            D. Promotion                  
VII. Economic Performance                              
            A. Yield                  
            B. Labor management                  
            C. Estimated costs and expected returns for organic apples
 
All topics covered in lecture are also covered in lab.

Assignments:
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1. Weekly reading (10 - 20 pages)
2. One orchard plan: develop an apple orchard plan, including site and variety selection, pest and disease management, irrigation issues, fertilization, equipment needs, and marketing strategy (3 - 5 pages)
3. Quizzes (3 - 6)
4. Final exam
5. Lab reports (3 - 6)
6. One field trip to local apple farm and written report (2 - 3 pages)

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
40 - 50%
Lab reports, Field trip report
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Orchard plan
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Quizzes, Final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Organic Apple Production Manual. Swezey, Sean. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication 3403. Regents of the University of California. 2000 (classic)
The Home Orchard - Growing your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication 3485. ANR Press. 2007 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials.

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