Course Detail

Registration

Current Students: Register Now New Students: Pre-Register Now

Plant & Soil Science: Soil Fert & Climate Change

PSS 195 BU1 (CRN: 60792)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

About PSS 195 BU1

Maintaining soil fertility and managing soils to conserve this essential resource are requirements for sustainable supplies of food, fiber and of late bio-fuels. This class explores the history, the conceptual underpinnings of soil fertility and practical methods of soil conservation. There are many effective ways to manage soil loss through structural and ecological practices. The class will survey some of the practices and impart some computer skills that help with conservation work. There are also important links between soil fertility and soil management practices and environmental quality. Informed agricultural, silvicultural and horticultural professionals are aware that environmental degradation can affect sustainability of food and fiber production. This will be a theme that will be maintained throughout the course.

Instructor

Josef Gorres ()

Related Program

Catamount Farm Summer Experience

Notes

Dates: June 16-July 11, 2014; Days & Times: Tuesday, Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center.

Video

View Video

More Information

Section Description

Maintaining soil fertility and managing soils to conserve this essential resource are requirements for sustainable supplies of food, fiber and of late bio-fuels. This class explores the history, the conceptual underpinnings of soil fertility and practical methods of soil conservation. At the end of the class I hope that students can answer some of more frequently asked questions about soil fertility. How do you go from soil test to fertilizer recommendation? What are the common fertilizers used in conventional and organic agriculture? How do they act differently? What is their impact on the environment? How do you use manure and compost to build organic matter? What role does organic matter and soil properties play in soil fertility? Will climate change impact agricultural and horticultural production? In the context of climate change the class will also cover how changes in rainfall, snow and temperature patterns affect soil fertility. We all know that drought and flooding have affected agriculture in Vermont but what are the mechanisms by which they affect production? And, how can we generalize these mechanisms to predict what the fertility, environmental and erosion effects are in other world regions? Soil fertility is only one part of sustainable agriculture. The extreme soil losses highlighted during the Dustbowl have led to a reevaluation of soil as a resource in the US. It has demonstrated that proper soil management for erosion control is essential to maintaining a secure food supply. There are many effective ways to manage soil loss through structural and ecological practices. The class will survey some of the practices and impart some computer skills that help with conservation work. There are also important links between soil fertility and soil management practices and environmental quality. Informed agricultural, silvicultural and horticultural professionals are aware that environmental degradation can affect sustainability of food and fiber production. This will be a theme that will be maintained throughout the course.

Section Expectation

Curriculum structure The selection of the material covered in the course is guided in part by the Performance Objectives for the Soil Science Society of America?s Fundamental Soil Science Exam (https://www.soils.org/files/certifications/fundamentals-exam-objectives.pdf). In particular the Chapters on ?Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management? (Competency areas 1 ? 7), ?Soil Biology and Biochemistry? and ?Soil and Land Use Management? (Compentency areas 1-7) will be used in the class. For the first day of class we will review fundamental concepts in soil science. Two-thirds of the course will be on soil fertility and one third on soil conservation. Graduate level option: As per request a graduate level special topics class can be arranged. A graduate student will be required to write a position paper on a soil fertility issue. There is no textbook required for this class. A number of books and resources will be placed on reserve. We will use a lot of materials from NRCS and Extension Service sites. Accommodations for disabilities: The ACCESS office provides students with disabilities with certifications and a list of accommodations. If you have a temporary disability (e.g. broke your arm skating on Lake Champlain), please meet with me. Ethics Violations: Cheating and plagiarism are severely punished at UVM. Please read the University ? wide policy at this URL: www.uvm.edu/~cses/ Use of Electronics: Please mute your phone. You can use your computer for taking notes and for accessing information relevant to the course.

Evaluation

Assessment: There will be 1 exam: These will account for 30% of the grade, class assignments for 40%, participation in class and presentations for 15% and a research project for 15%. There will be a rubric for the research assignment to help focus the effort. Late Assignment Policy: You have one day grace period for assignments. There will be no points if you hand in assignments later. Exceptions are presentations. They need to be in on time.

Meetings

Course runs from to

to

Location

Location In Vt Or Out Of State (View Campus Map)

Times

to on Tuesday and Thursday

Important Dates

Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Show your interest by enrolling.

Deadlines
Last Day to Add
Last Day to Drop
Last Day to Withdraw with 50% Refund
Last Day to Withdraw with 25% Refund
Last Day to Withdraw

Resources

Other courses you may be interested in…

SectionTitleInstructorsDatesDaysTimesCreditsCRN
PSS 154 BU1
  • Lynn Fang
to Tue
Thu
to 360446
PSS 156 BU1
  • Keith Morris
to N/ASee Notes 360035
to N/ASee Notes
to N/ASee Notes
PSS 195 BU2
  • Keith Morris
to N/ASee Notes 260791
to N/ASee Notes
to N/ASee Notes
PSS 195 BU3
  • Terence Bradshaw
to Tue
Thu
to 360793
PSS 196 OL1 (online)
  • Leonard Perry
to N/ASee Notes 360038

There are no courses that meet this criteria.