Management strategies and world production of the major cereal crops are studied relative to their botanical and physiological characteristics and to available environmental resources. More specifically, the course covers the origin, domestication, morphology, genetic diversity, adaptation, management and utilization of cereal crops. Students will also learn about breeding for crop improvement. Invited OMAFRA crop specialists will provide information focusing on cereal crop production in Ontario. The course project will allow students to focus their study on a crop kind (e.g. abiotic or biotic constraint) or production systems (e.g. agronomic practice) of their choice.
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By the end of this course, students will be expected to have studied major cereal crops and farming/cropping systems in which they are produced. Students will be able apply their knowledge to present strategies for cereal production improvement in the context of Ontario agriculture.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Appreciate the diversity, ecogeographic distribution of cereal crop plant species, their wild relatives and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Discuss cereal crop production contribution to world food requirements with current levels of production and consider factors that may affect this relationship.
- Describe the scientific names, origin, domestication, genetic makeup, breeding systems and major production areas of globally important cereal grain crops.
- Recognize the major abiotic and biological factors (diseases and pests) affecting major cereal grain crops and be able to describe their effects on crop productivity and quality.
- Identify major end uses for cereal crops and quality issues that impact marketing, utilization/consumption and nutrition.
- Describe ecological, biological principles of crop productivity.
Lecture topics for this course include:
- Introduction; Cereal Grain Crops of the World
- State of the World's Food Security; Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
- Tropical Maize (Amazing Maize)
- Maize (Corn Pests & Diseases)
- Maize (Corn Breeding)
- Maize (Corn Production in Ontario)
- Maize (Physiology of Corn Yield)
- Tropical Cereals Rice, Sorghum & Millets
- Wheat (Evolution, growth stages, end uses)
- Winter wheat (winter survival)
- Wheat (Pests & Diseases)
- Wheat Breeding
- Wheat (Production in Ontario)
- Wheat supply chain and the chemistry of flour
- Managing Nutrients for Grain Production
- Weed Management in Grain Cereals
- Selected student 3 minute poster presentations
There are no labs scheduled for this course.
- Introduction to graphic design for digital posters and creating a video presentation using WeVideo
- Using library resources, specifically database (e.g. web of science) word searches
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test||Contribution to Final Grade||Learning Outcomes|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|15%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
Grain Crops Infographics
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- Adequate title, tags, and description (3 = excellent; 2 = acceptable; 1 = poor)
- Quality of content (3 = excellent; 2 = acceptable; 1 = poor)
- Length or duration (3 = excellent; 2 = acceptable; 1 = poor)
- Good description or a comprehensive narrative (3 = excellent; 2 = acceptable; 1 = poor)
- Technical quality (3 = excellent; 2 = acceptable; 1 = poor)
Recording Your Presentation
- Each presentation should ideally be 3 minutes long (max 5 minutes).
- Presentations should be either a shoulder up view of the person presenting or a video recording with your camera blocked out (to create a back screen with audio only).
- This short video should detail enough that the audience gets a good idea of what your poster is about, including a brief introduction with an explanation of various sections of your poster.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:
Texting and use of electronic devices, except for laptops, are prohibited in lecture and lab.
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.
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- For Graduate Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/graduate-calendar/
- For Undergraduate Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/undergraduate-calendar/
- For Diploma Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/associate-diploma/
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