OLERICULTURE

Horticulture 320 – (UI PlSc 451)

FALL 2014

Course Description: (3 credits) Science, business, and art of vegetable crop production: culture, fertility, growth, physiology, handling, marketing; garden, commercial, greenhouse, tropical, specialty vegetables. Recommended preparation: BIOLOGY 106, BIOLOGY 107, BIOLOGY 120, or HORT 202. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

Class Time:

Mon. & Wed. 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Instructor:

Jeremy S. Cowan, Ph.D.
222 N. Havana St.
Spokane, WA 99202
jeremy.cowan@wsu.edu
(o) 509-477-2145 (c) 760-580-8810

Meeting Location:

Murrow Hall 53

Campus Office:

Johnson Hall 103

Office Hours:

M & W 2:30 – 3:15 or by request.
Call, email, or talk after class.

 

Date

Lect. #

Topic of Discussion

Reading Assignment

Aug. 25

1

Course introduction (Syllabus) WV ch. 1

27

2

Vegetable nutritional value WV ch. 4 & 5

Sept. 1

Labor Day – NO CLASS  

3

3

Origin, domestication, general classification WV ch. 2, PVC ch. 2

8

4

Botanical classification, growth & development WV ch 3, PVC ch. 3

10

5

Environmental factors, propagation WV ch. 6, PVC ch. 5

15

6

Soils, irrigation, pest management PVC chs. 6, 7, 8, 9

17

7

Worldwide vegetable production systems Heb. Univ. 8.01

22

8

Harvest, handling, packing (Fellman) PVC ch. 10, UCal 7254

24

9

Enterprise budgets EnterpriseBudgets, FS090 (pdf), FS090 (xlsx)

29

13

Alliums – onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, other WV chs 17

Oct. 1

**

MIDTERM EXAM #1

6

11

Mid-term post-review
Term paper topics due

8

12

Root and tuber crops – potatoes (Knowles)
Please visit: http://potatoes.com/ to watch the video on potato research
WV ch. 9, PHM ch. 10

13

13

Organic production (Miles)
Discussion groups finalized
USDA Org. Cert. Summ., UCal 7247, 7248, 7249, 7250, 7251, 7252, ATTRA IP188

15

14

Sweet corn WV chs. 15, ATTRA IP 336

20

15

Legumes – beans, peas, lentils (Coyne)
Term paper outlines due
WV ch. 22

22

16

Hops & mint WV ch. 28, ATTRA CT 115

27

17

Root and tuber crops – carrots, table beets, other WV chs. 20 & 21

29

18

Asparagus (Fellman) WV chs. 11 & 25: pp. 645-56

Nov. 3

**

MIDTERM EXAM #2Grades Posted (11/5/2014)  

5

19

Solanaceous fruits – tomatoes, peppers, eggplant WV ch. 23, FS145E

10

**

Group Project Reports (written/oral) due
Grades posted (11/12/2014)
 

12

20

Cucurbits – melons, grafting watermelons
Fertilizer CalculationsEXTRA CREDIT WORKSHEET
WV ch. 24

17

21

Cole crops – cabbage, broccoli, other WV ch. 19

19

22

Salad crops – lettuce, celery, spinach
Term papers due
WV ch. 18

24, 26

Thanksgiving Break – NO CLASS  

Dec. 1

23

Other interesting crops (Miles) ATTRA CT 161, TBD

3

**

Term paper presentations  

8

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Term paper presentations  

10

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Term paper presentations  

18

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3:10 – 5:10pm – FINAL EXAM – Location TBD