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SSC (Soil Science)
341
020091
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
Soil Fert
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Crop & Soil Science (11SSC)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
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Dr. John Havlin
Professor

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Lecture3535Nono comment
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Prerequisite: SSC 200
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
11AGEDBS-11AGEDAGRAgricultural Education (BS): AgronomyRequired
11ENVSCBS-11ENVSCESSEnvironmental Sciences (BS): Soil Science-No New AdmissionsRequired
11NATRLBS-11NATRLNRWNatural Resources (BS): Soil and Water SystemsRequired
11NATRLBS-11NATRLNRSNatural Resources (BS): Soil ResourcesRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSPABPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Agronomic BusinessRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSPACPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Crop ProductionRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSSSTPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Soil Science Required
11SLDBS-11SLDLDEVSoil and Land Development (BS): Land DevelopmentRequired
11SLDBS-11SLDSSCISoil and Land Development (BS): Soil ScienceRequired
11TFGBSTurfgrass Science (BS)Required
11PSSBS-11PSSPAAPlant and Soil Sciences (BS) Agronomic ScienceElective
The course provides detailed information on plant nutrition, soil fertility, and management of essential plant nutrients and other amendments affecting plant growth and nutrition. The influence of numerous biological, physical, and chemical soil properties on plant nutrient availability will be emphasized. Students will be familiar with contemporary diagnostic tools to assess nutrient availability, and the soil and nutrient management technologies essential for enhancing soil and plant productivity while minimizing the impact of nutrient use on the environment.

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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Class notes provided in class and posted on Moodle website. Textbook required is: J.L. Havlin, S.L. Tisdale, W. L. Nelson, J.D. Beaton. 2014. Soil Fertility and Fertilizers: An Introduction to Nutrient Management. 8th Ed. Pearson, Inc. ISBN 13:978-0-13-503373-9

To establish a thorough understanding of plant nutrition, soil fertility, and nutrient management in each student so that she/he can describe soil and plant nutrient relationships, identify plant nutrition‑soil fertility problems, and recommend effective nutrient-amendment sources and efficient application methods.


1. Describe how plants take up or absorb plant nutrients, and how the soil system supplies these elements.


2. Identify/describe plant nutrient deficiency symptoms and methods used to quantify plant nutrient problems.


3. Describe how soil organic matter, cation exchange capacity, soil pH, parent material, climate, and management affect nutrient availability.


4. Discriminate nutrient sources and soil amendments on the basis of their content, use, and effects on the soil and plant.


5. Using basic chemical principles, quantify nutrient content and reactions in soil and rates of nutrients and amendments needed to correct plant nutrition problems.


6. Describe nutrient response in plants, nutrient use‑efficiency, and the impacts of nutrient use on the environment.


7. Describe and evaluate soil and nutrient management practices that sustain soil productivity and enhance environmental quality.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:


1. summarize nutrient cycling and transport processes in soils important to nutrient uptake by plants, and chemical and biological processes that buffer nutrient loss (due to plant uptake) in soil


2. describe and contrast plant nutrient deficiency and toxicity symptoms, and define critical soil and plant nutrient levels


3. evaluate how soil chemical, physical, and biological soil properties influence nutrient transformations in soils and nutrient availability to plants


4. express nutrient levels in soils and plant using appropriate concentration units and demonstrate ability to convert between units


5. analyze soil property information to accurately assess potential plant nutrient problems and create/quanitfy appropriate recommendations for needed nutrients and other amendments


6. critique diverse nutrient and amendment sources for their ability to meet crop nutrient requirements


7. evaluate nutrient management (placement, timing) technologies essential to enhance plant health and productivity, while protecting the environment


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework50% / 50 pts ea (8) = 400 pts8 problem sets designed to enhance student learning of essential quantitative skills discussed throughout the course
Multiple exams50% / 100 pts each (4) = 400 pts4 summative exams
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
IntroductionWeek 1Review course goals, learning outcomes and assesment, course outline and operation
Basic Soil and Plant RelationshipsWeek 1-2Yield limiting factors, ion exchange/solubility and nutrient buffering in soils, ion transport to roots, ion absorption by roots
Soil Acidity and AlkalinityWeek 3-4Soil acidity and buffering capacity, soil acidity effects on plant health, lime requirement and application; calcareous, saline, and sodic soils; salt and sodium effects on plant health, amendments for salt affected soils
Soil NitrogenWeek 5-6Nitrogen (N) in plants and soils, N cycle and transformations, factors affecting N availability, N sources and fate/transport of applied N
Soil PhosphorusWeek 7Phosphorus (P) in plants and soils, P cycle and transformations, factors affecting P availability, P sources and fate/transport of applied P
Soil PotassiumWeek 8Potassium (K) in plants and soils, K cycle, factors affecting K availability, K sources
Soil Sulfur, Calcium, MagnesiumWeek 8-9Sulfur (S) in plants and soils, S cycle and transformations, factors affecting S availability, S sources and management; calcium/magnesium (Ca/Mg) cycle, factors affecting Ca/Mg availability, Ca/Mg sources
Soil MicronutrientsWeek 9-10Micronutrients in soils and plants, micronutrient cycles in soils, factors affecting micronutrient availability, micronutrient sources, other elements preferred by selected plants
Soil Fertility EvaluationWeek 11-12Plant analysis, remote sensing, soil testing, nutrient recommendation systems and models
Nutrient ManagementWeek 13-14Soil and plant factors, nutrient placement options, foliar application and fertigation, other nutrient management considerations, fate/transport factors in management decisions.
Agricultural Productivity and Environmental QualityWeek 15Soil and crop productivity, soil degradation, soil conservation practices, environmental quality

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