CROP*3310 Protein and Oilseed Crops

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2021 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

Management strategies and world production of the major temperate protein and oilseed crops are studied relative to their botanical and physiological characteristics and to available environmental resources. The utilization of protein and oilseed crops for human food, livestock feed and various industrial products are examined.

Pre-Requisite(s): AGR*2050 or AGR*2470


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Undergraduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. know the historical and botanical origins, physiological characteristics, and production and utilization practices for a range of major protein, oilseed and fiber crops (soybean, canola, mustard, field peas, edible beans, adzuki beans, lentils, chickpeas,  peanut, cotton, sunflower, flax, safflower, hemp seed and oil palm). The range of crops and where they are marketed lends itself to broadening the international exposure of students.

2. know in detail the production recommendations for major protein and oilseed crops, such as soybeans, edible beans and canola, in Canada.

3. prepare and present agronomic information in a format useful for growers. To this end, some students will research, prepare and present to the class, as a group project, a factsheet on a selected crop. The factsheet will include information on historical background of the crop, where it is adapted, information on agronomic recommendations, disease and insect pests, harvesting, storage, marketing and economics, including production costs and returns. The size of the class makes it necessary to have some students develop and write term papers.

4. express yourself better both in writing and orally. All group projects will be submitted to the instructor before circulation to the class, spelling and grammar will be corrected and discussed, as will awkward or confusing writing. PowerPoint presentations also will be reviewed before presentation with corrections in spelling, grammar, use of illustrations, format and clarity.

5. ask appropriate questions during or after presentations and provide appropriate answers to agronomic questions asked during and after the presentations.

6. be proficient in mathematical calculations related to crop production, including conversions from grain moisture at harvest to the standards at which various grains are marketed and sold, and conversions from metric to imperial systems.

7. understand the science involved in recommendations for planting, growing, harvesting and storing major protein and oilseed crops and in the functional properties and problems associated with the oils and proteins of specific crops, as it relates to human and animal nutrition.

8. utlize information from related disciplines such as soil science, plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology and chemistry and apply it to crop production.

9. be better prepared for careers in agronomy.

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • Introduction to protein and oilseed crops
  • Soybean history, varieties and management
  • Soybean budgets, cost of production, profit margins
  • Vegetable protein and its quality 
  • Spring canola in Western Canada
  • Spring canola production in Ontario
  • Vegetable oils, structure and quality
  • Diversity, genetics and breeding of flax
  • Navy & large seeded bean production, utilization and breeding
  • Oil Palm
  • Cotton
  • Hempseed & Adzuki Beans
  • Faba beans and Sunflowers
  • Sweet Lupins
  • Field Peas & Peanuts
  • Yellow Mustard & Camelina
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas & Quinoa
  • Biofuels
  • A look into the future
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test

Midterm Examination



Term Assignment 



Final Examination




The grade for the Term Assignment (30%) will be distritubed as follows:

  • initial draft content, grammar, spelling and clear expression - 15%
  • final content and group presentation - 5%
  • individual presentation - 10%

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Sections of OMAFRA Publication 0811E. Agronomy Guide for Field Crops. Available online. (Textbook)

Lab Manual:


Other Resources:

Detailed course notes and PowerPoint presentations will be provided on D2L Courselink.

Field Trips:

None Scheduled. We will collect soil samples from nearby students’ farms and use soil nutrient analyses results to develop crop plans for fertilizer recommendations. No charge.

Additional Costs:

Charges paid by the Department of Plant Agriculture for one bench in a Growth Room in the Crop Science Building so students can observe the development of the various crops to be studied.

Course Policies:

Grading Policy

For students who miss midterm exam with a documented good reason, there will be an opportunity to write a different midterm exam on the same material outside of class. See instructor for details.

First submissions of term assignments in the form of Factsheets are due one week prior to the presentation dates shown in the class schedule.

Course Policy on Group Work: 

Students are expected to all contribute to all their group’s assignments and presentations.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor.  When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Other Course Information:

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