Undergraduate Classes

SSC/CS 462 Soil and Crop Management
Spring semester of every year

Course Location: On Campus

Objective:
As a capstone course in soil-crop management, students are required to combine agronomic knowledge with analytical, managerial, and communication skills to address real-world problems in cropping systems management. Students successfully completing this course will be able to integrate the principles of soil and crop management into environmentally sound management of cropping systems, utilize critical thinking principles for agronomic decision-making, and apply current agronomic and farm management principles to crop production.

Prerequisite:
SSC 200, CS 213, CS 414, SSC 341, SSC 342

Grading:
Two exams, problem sets, in-class presentations, comprehensive farm management plan

Primary Topics:

  • Importance of soil and crop productivity and management
  • Soil productivity and soil erosion
  • Soil erosion prediction and management
  • Using RUSLE (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation)
  • Tillage and cover crops
  • Soil quality
  • Agronomic and business principles in cropping systems
  • Use of statistics in decision making
  • Critical management decisions in NC field crops
  • Labor and risk management
  • Farm safety and stewardship
  • Policy issues

Contact:
john_havlin@ncsu.edu
david_jordan@ncsu.edu