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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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HORT 1023 - Soil Science

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: In this course, students will study soil profiles, soils of the world, nutrients and fertilizers, soil testing, soils for container growing and greenhouse potting, soil-working equipment, and hydroponics.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Concurrent enrollment in HORT 1021 .

Major Content
  1. Aeration
  2. Bulk density
  3. Cation exchange
  4. Container growing in field and greenhouse
  5. Drainage and irrigation
  6. Erosion
  7. Hydroponics and aeroponics
  8. Mineral vs. organic soil
  9. Nutrients and fertilizer
  10. Organisms in the soil
  11. Soil air and pore space
  12. Soil constituents and soil classes
  13. Soil management
  14. Soil profile
  15. Soil testing
  16. Soil water and soil pH

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. develop nutrient management plans that prevent water pollution.
  2. prescribe soil management practices that prevent soil loss and degradation.
  3. define plant nutrients and fertilizer products.
  4. identify growing media for greenhouse and container growing.
  5. understand components of soil and the changes that occur through cultivation.
  6. describe the soil profile and the processes that develop soil.
  7. identify the similarities and differences between soils in temperate zones.
  8. describe hydroponics and aeroponics.
  9. demonstrate soil testing for available nutrients and physical characteristics.

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