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SSC (Soil Science)
342
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Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Soil and Plant Nutrient Analysis
Soil & Plant Nutrient Analysis
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
1
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Laboratory3.0
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John Havlin
Professor

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Prerequisite: SSC 341
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
11AGEDBS-11AGEDAGRAgricultural Education (BS): AgronomyRequired
11NATRLBS-11NATRLNRSNatural Resources (BS): Soil ResourcesRequired
11NATRLBS-11NATRLNRWNatural Resources (BS): Soil and Water SystemsRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSPABPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Agronomic BusinessRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSPACPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Crop ProductionRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSSSTPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Soil ScienceRequired
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 (1) the chemical methods utilized in routine soil testing and plant analysis, (2) field soil sampling techniques, (3) nutrient recommendations, (4) nutrient response functions, and (5) nutrient management planning. Students gain essential experience in interpreting soil, plant, waste, and water analysis reports, and how these data are used in soil and crop management decisions. Course material will be presented in lecture and laboratory format.

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Prerequisite: student success is greatly improved having learned the quantitative skills in SSC341


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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Class notes provided in class and posted on the course website (Moodle)

To provide a thorough understanding of the mechanics of soil testing and nutrient recommendation systems so that the student can describe soil testing methods used to quantify plant nutrient availability, interpret a soil test report, and how soil and plant test information are used to establish nutrient recommendations and nutrient management plans.  Using soil, plant, water, and waste analysis reports, the student will describe how the data were obtained, identify pertinent units associated with each datum, and quantify relationships between the data.  


1. Describe the equipment and procedures for obtaining a reliable field soil sample.


2. Describe methods used to evaluate soil acidity, salinity, and sodicity.


3. Describe soil and plant analysis methods used to quantify macro- and micronutrient availability.


4. Based on soil test data, understand how nutrient and lime recommendations are developed 


5. Evaluate quantitative functions used to describe crop response to applied nutrients and to determine economically optimum nutrient rates.


6. Interpret water and waste analysis reports and how these data are used in nutrient management


7. Establish nutrient management plans for diverse cropping systems and nutrient sources


Student Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course, students will be able to:


1. create field soil and plant sampling plans that enhance data quality and reliability over time 


2. evaluate laboratory methods used to assess soil acidity and alkalinity, and how the data are used to formulate amendment recommendations


3.  understand and evaluate how soil extractants remove nutrients in quantities related to their availability to plants 


4.  determine how nutrient recommendations are developed from soil test anad other pertinent data


5.  analyze soil, plant, waste, and water analysis data to understand units used to express concentration and essential conversion between units


6.  using soil, plant, waste, and water analysis data (reports) assess potential plant growth problems and generate effective nutrient/amendment recommendations


7.  using established computer models, evaluate environmental impact of nitrogen and phosphorus use in agriculture


8.  create nutrient management plans using appropriate crop and field information and soil, plant, water, and waste analysis data


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Test40% / 502 exams @ 50 points each
Written Assignment60% / 15-5010 problem sets @ 15 to 50 points each
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction; Soil Sampling Week 1review course goals, learning objectives and outcomes; overview of soil sampling tools and equipment; hands-on field soil sampling experience; sample processing/handling and submission to laboratory for analysis
Developing Soil Sampling Plans Week 2rationale for designing a soil sampling plan; field and related soil information needed; GIS demonstration of spatial data important in developing a soil sampling plan
Soil Extraction Week 3theoretical basis for extraction of cation macro- and micronutrients in soil; evaluation of the Mehlich 3 extractant used in NC; students perform the extraction on 4 soils of variable properties; understanding units and unit conversion
Soil pH and Lime Requirement Week 4-5principles of soil pH measurement; interpretation of results; determination of lime requirement using buffer, titration, and base saturation methods for the 4 soils; lime requirement calculations
Extractable Phosphorus and NitrogenWeek 6theoretical basis for phosphorus and nitrogen extraction in soil; understand soil and environment conditions affecting reliability of profile nitrogen soil test
Soil Salinity Week 7methods used to assess soil for salinity and sodicity; demonstration of saturated paste and electrical conductivity measurement; saline/sodic soil calculations
Nutrient RecommendationsWeek 8evaluating how soil test critical levels and nutrient recommendations are developed; understanding potential errors associated with recommendations; determining economic optimum nutrient rates; example calculations and unit conversions
Plant AnalysisWeek 9plant sampling and analysis methods; interpreting plant analysis reports; example calculations and units conversions
Waste and Water AnalysisWeek 10evaluating and interpreting waste and water analysis reports; example calculations and unit conversions
NLEW and PLATWeek 11using the Phosphorus Loss Assessment Tool (PLAT) and Nitrogen Loss Estimation Worksheet (NLEW), quantify the risk of nutrient loss to surface and groundwaters; evaluate effects of best management practices on reducing nutrient loss
Nutrient Management Problem SolvingWeek 12-13using soil, plant, water, and waste analysis data, identify potential nutrient deficiency or toxicity problems; develop appropriate nutrient or other amendment recommendations that alleviate specific problems affecting plant health
Nutrient Management Planning Week 14-15integrating appropriate field, soil, plant, and water analysis data, students develop nutrient management plans using variable nutrient sources (waste, fertilizers, composts)

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