Mar 29, 2023
AGH 276 - Greenhouse Production II Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course covers the techniques used to produce Spring crops in a commercial greenhouse. Students will be responsible for the daily growing of a commercial greenhouse crop and its marketing. Field trips to commercial greenhouses are included in this course.
Prerequisite: AGH 132 and AGH 133
- Explain the different aspects of crop culture for spring bedding plants.
- Describe crop specific management of light, temperature and media.
- Measure the impact of differing light, temperature and media scenarios.
- Support crop specific media management for spring bedding plants.
- Calculate fertilizer programs for different crops and crop stages.
- Evaluate methods of pH monitoring.
- Assess methods of electrical conductivity monitoring.
- Choose what media mixtures are appropriate for each crop.
- Maintain a commercial spring bedding plant crop from establishment to market.
- Demonstrate proper care for various of propagation materials: seed, unrooted cuttings, plugs, liners, etc.
- Plant a crop properly.
- Apply proper pinching techniques.
- Use proper rates of fertilization.
- Manage moisture status of plants.
- Adapt crop production practices based on gathered information.
- Select appropriate plant growth regulators for each crop
- Calculate appropriate rates
- Determine optimal mixtures.
- Evaluate commercial bedding plant greenhouse operations.
- Attend field trips to commercial greenhouses.
- Assess the positives and negatives of each location and production method.
- Determine key differences of success in different greenhouse operations.
- Analyze the economics of greenhouse operations.
- Calculate costs of production.
- Determine the impact of plant spacing, crop scheduling and crop selection on profitability.
- Determine cost effectiveness of grower propagation, unrooted cuttings and various plug sizes.
- Develop crop schedules and production plans for the next production cycle.
- Assess current schedule and adapt based on crop conditions.
- Compile sales information and apply that to the future crop cycle.
- Reconcile desired production plan with ordering limitation.
- Prepare an order that can be bid on by plant associates.
- Formulate methods for treating unhealthy spring bedding plants.
- Develop procedures of correcting nutrient deficiencies.
- Apply most effective method of controlling a particular deficiency.
- Identify pest control products for major greenhouse pests.
- Classify the diversity of spring bedding plants.
- Identify major crops by botanical name, common name, and cultivar groups.
- Identify minor crops by botanical name, common name, and cultivar groups.
- Report ways of utilizing and applying diverse plant materials to specific situations.
- Evaluate use of spring greenhouse products.
- Evaluate plant performance in the greenhouse.
- Assess plant performance outdoors.
- Assess plant performance in mixed containers.
- Identify historically important and increasingly important spring crops.
- Organize production area by crop requirements.
- Group plants by pH, nutrition, and temperature requirements.
- Determine space requirements.
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