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Agriculture and Natural Resources
AGRO 1020 - Special Topics
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
Identifying economically important crop/weed seeds throughout the United States.

AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Morphological characteristics used in mature plant, seedling, and seed identification. Identifying economically important crops and weeds in all stages of growth throughout the United States.

AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
Principles and cultural practices used in growing certain row crops, small grains, oil crops, and specialty crops.

AGRO 1540 - Seed Conditioning and Technology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1030; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Seed laws, certification standards, purity analysis, germination tests, vigor tests, principles of seed conditioning, handling equipment. Tours of facilities processing small grains, sunflowers, grasses, and legumes.

AGRO 1803 - Directed Studies
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Instructor consent; fall, spring, every year)
Current topics not covered in regularly offered courses.

AGRO 2573 - Entomology
(3.0 cr; =[NATR 2573]; Prereq-Agro 1183 or Hort 1010; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Insect taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology. Emphasis on insects of economic importance, especially in the Upper Midwest. Control methods, including integrated pest management.

AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1030; fall, every year)
Applied use of agriculture chemicals. Safety, toxicity, efficacy, phytotoxicity, recommendations, environmental interactions.

AGRO 2840 - Grain and Seed Evaluation
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1030; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Analytical techniques, procedures, and practices in interpreting U.S. grain standards. Identifying seeds of crops, weeds, and diseases. Lab practice in grading grain according to U.S. standards and determining grain quality.

AGRO 3023 - Plant Breeding and Genetics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-BIOL 1009; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Principles of plant breeding. Emphasizes application of genetic principles to plant breeding. Genetic variation, selection methods, cultivar development. Examples from common field/horticultural crops.

AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Math 1150, Jr or Sr; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Experimental design and methodology in agriculture and natural resources research. Basic philosophy, data interpretation and analysis, and application of research information to practical management situations.

AGRO 3130 - Forages
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Characteristics, distribution, preservation, and uses of forage crops for pasture, silage, hay, and soil improvement. Cultural practices, disease and insect control, seed production, forage storage. Interrelationships between animals and plants as they relate to selection, production, and utilization of forage crops.

AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Agro 1183 or Hort 1010, Biol 1009; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Nature, diagnosis, and management of plant diseases. Identification, control, and life cycles of representative plant diseases significant in the Upper Midwest that illustrate plant pathology principles.

AGRO 3441 - Topics in Specialty Crop Production
(1.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-1030; spring, every year)
Lecture/discussion on one economically important or emerging specialty crop such as potato or sugar beet. Specific crop varies. Land selection, soil fertility, pest control, harvest, storage, quality, marketing.

AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1183; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops.

AGRO 3620 - Advanced Identification, Seed Analysis, and Grain Grading
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[1030, 2840] or instructor consent; fall, every year)
Advanced techniques in identification, seed analysis, and grain grading.

AGRO 3630 - Integrated Crop Management (Capstone)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1030, 1540, 2640, 3030, 3230, SOIL 3414; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Capstone course. Students investigate, research, and study problems of agronomic crops and make recommendations. Students individually and in teams solve problems using scientific methods.

AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent; spring, every year)
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators.

AGRO 3804 - Individual Studies
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr, instructor consent; fall, spring, every year)
Topic related to student's major not covered in regularly offered courses.


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