Crop Science

Course Resources:

Students should come to class each day with something to write with and notebook paper. Each student will need a three ring binder or folder to hold notes and various assignments. All textbooks used in class will be kept in the classroom. Students will receive one documented verbal warning for behavior issues, and discipline referrals will occur for each additional recurrence, following the student handbook point system. Chromebooks will be used in class for educational purposes only. Failure to comply with proper use of chromebook within the classroom will result in no use of the chromebook within the agriculture classroom. 

Leadership development and supervised agricultural experience programs are an integral part of this course. All students are expected to be a part of the FFA chapter. Public Law 740 states, “FFA is an inter-curricular part of the agricultural classroom.” FFA Membership dues are $25 and due on Friday, September 8th for Fall FFA activity participation. Dues include magazine subscription, state & national dues, and chapter tshirt. 

Proper classroom behavior is expected of all students in the classroom at all times. The student should:

  1. Be on time and ready to go

  2. Be respectful of everyone/everything in the room

  3. Participate in class discussions

Course Objective and/or Description:

Subject matter and learning experiences develop student understanding and appreciation for crop science and technologies. This course builds off of Agriculture Science II and digs deeper into Missouri crop production and management. Semester 2 will include the newer technologies used in precision agriculture today. An essential part of this course will be leadership activities dealing with FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. 

Units of Study:

Semester 1

  • Missouri Crops and their uses

  • Corn Production

  • Soybean Production

  • Wheat Production

  • Protecting ourselves, the environment, and knowing the law

  • Government influence and current trends

  • Careers in crop science

Semester 2

  • Drone technology

  • GPS technology

  • Autonomous driving/autosteer

  • 3D Printing 

Grading Policy: 

Students are required to keep their record book up to date on a monthly basis and to complete one article summary per month and one news bulletin per semester. There will be various assignments throughout the semester ranging from various point values.

Students should make all attempts to pass this class. Ms. Burgfeld is always available to discuss support structures for your child’s education. If the student, the parent and the teacher all act proactively, we shall achieve success together. 

Students with continuous missing work and/or a failing grade at designated checkpoints will be assigned to after school tutoring in the subject(s) until work/grade is brought current or passing.  Grades included in checkpoints are mid-quarter grades and end-of-quarter grades.  

Repeatedly not turning in minor in-class work, etc. would result in tutoring assignment after three missing assignments during the quarter. Please refer to the student handbook for further details regarding district wide grading policy. 

Attendance Policy:

Students have the same number of days to make up all assignments as the number of days they missed due to an excused absence. Work may be made up before or after school and must be rescheduled with the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to collect all missed work during their absences. 

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty Policy:

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty are serious offenses. The academic work of a student is expected to be his/her own effort. Students must give the author(s) credit for any source material used. To represent ideas or interpretations taken from a source without giving credit is a flagrant act. To present a borrowed passage after having changed a few words, even if the source is cited, is plagiarism. Students who commit any act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade in that portion of the coursework. Acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the administration.