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Table of contents

 

Preface and acknowledgements

Introduction to volume III

Chapter I: Orientation to the crops component of ag training

A. Overview of the crops training component

B. Preparing the crops training component

C. Carrying out the crops training component

Chapter II: Curriculum of the crops component

A. Crops session list organized by skill group

B. Session plan format

C. Lesson plans

Skill group I: The agricultural environment

Session 1: Surveying and interpreting the local ag environment

Skill group II: Crop production management principals

Session 1: Introduction to crop production management

Skill group III: Units of measure

Session 1: Conversions

Session 2: Land measurement and plot layout

Skill group IV: Soil management and fertilizer use

Session 1: Basic soil characteristics and troubleshooting

Session 2: Land preparation and seedbed styles

Session 3: plant nutrition basics

Session 4: Determining fertilizer needs

Session 5: Using Organic Fertilizers

Session 6: Composting

Session 7: Using chemical fertilizers

Session 8: Fertilizer math

Session 9: Soil conservation overview

Skill group V: Water management

Session 1: Hand watering young plan

Session 2: Hand watering established plants

Session 3: Dry season watering methods

Skill group VI: Insect control

Session 1: Identifying insects and their damage

Session 2: Non-chemical and chemical insect control

Session 3: Sprayer maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair

Session 4: Applying pesticides with a sprayer

Skill group VII: Disease and nematode control

Session 1: Understanding and identifying crop diseases

Session 2: Non-chemical and chemical disease control

Session 3: Nematodes and their control

Skill group VIII: Weed control

Session 1: Weed identification and control

Skill group IX: Vegetable production

Session 1: Planting session - Direct seeded vegetables

Session 2: Planting session - Cucurbits

Session 3: Direct planting - Principles and practices

Session 4: Vegetable characteristics

Session 5: Planting session - Sweet potatoes

Session 6: Transplanting session - Tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, etc.

Session 7: Planting session - Nursery seedbed

Session 8: Raising transplants

Session 9: Pruning, staking, trellising

Session 10: Sun drying fruits and vegetables

Session 11: Seed storage and quality

Session 12: Germination testing

Session 13: Seed production

Session 14: Garden planning exercise

Skill group X: Traditional field crops overview

A. Cereals and pulses (except rice)

Session 1: Planting session - Cereals

Session 2: Planting session - Pulses

Session 3: Introduction to traditional field crops

Session 4: Stages of growth and related management need

Session 5: Field crop production practices

Session 6: Grain drying and storage

B. Rice

Session 1: Pre-germinating and nursing rice

Session 2: Introduction to rice

Session 3: Rice paddy preparation

Session 4: Rice production practices

Session 5: Transplanting rice

Chapter III: Technical guidelines and references for the crops training component

Units of measure and conversions

1. Common units of measure and conversions

2. How to convert yields from a small plot basis to a kg/hectare or lbs./acre basis

3. Units of measure practice problems

Surveying and interpreting the agricultural environment

1. A. The agricultural environment

2. B. Guidelines for the orientation of the agricultural field worker

3. C. Understanding the individual farm unit

4. D. Designing a questionnaire

5. Introduction to crop production management

6. A guide to crop production management factors

A guide to troubleshooting common crop problems

Guidelines for vegetable growing

1. Rooting depth of vegetables when there's no barrier to their penetration

2. Vegetable production planning chart

3. Heat tolerance of vegetables

4. Cold tolerance of vegetables

5. Vegetable families

6. Nutritional value of vegetables

7. Calculating how much seed to buy

8. Selecting the right type and variety of vegetable

9. Storing seed and testing germination

10. Choosing a vegetable garden location

11. Using the right type of seedbed

12. Plant spacing guidelines

13. Intercropping

14. Succession planting: Systematizing production

15. Watering vegetables

16. How to grow super transplants

17. Tips on transplanting vegetables

18. Guidelines for individual vegetables

19. When to harvest vegetables

Introduction to insects and insect control

1. I. Some important facts on insects

2. II. How to identify insects and their damage

3. III. The use of scientific names for insects

4. IV. Methods of insect control and their effectiveness

Some "organic" (non-chemical) pest controls

Using chemical insecticides

1. I. Some important facts on insecticides

2. II. Insecticide safety guidelines

3. III. Symptoms of insecticide poisoning

4. IV. First aid measures

5. V. Guidelines for applying insecticides

6. VI. Some insecticide recommendations for the reference crops

7. VII. Insecticide math and dosage calculations

8. How to calibrate backpack and tractor sprayers

9. Insecticide toxicity tables

Disease control

1. I. Types of diseases and their identification

2. II. Methods of disease control and their effectiveness

3. Recommendations for foliar fungicides

4. Fungicides for seed treatment

Nematodes and their control

1. I. Basic facts on nematodes

2. II. How to diagnose nematode problems

3. III. How to control nematodes

4. Nematocides & Soil sterilants

Weed control

Bibliography: Useful crop production references for trainees and trainers

Appendices

Appendix A: Crops skill group goals and objectives - A master list

Appendix B: Supply and equipment list for the crops training component

Appendix C: Sample planting instructions

Appendix D: Sample field notebook page

Appendix E: Sample exams