Courses of Study: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grade 9 - 12, Nursery Production and Management, 2009

1.) Identify career opportunities in the nursery production and management industry.

2.) Describe safety precautions related to the nursery production and management industry.

3.) Differentiate among environmental factors affecting nursery plant growth.

4.) Describe uses of primary, secondary, and trace nutrients.

Examples: primary nutrients—nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium

- secondary nutrients—magnesium, calcium, sulfur

- trace nutrients—iron, manganese, boron, molybdenum, copper, zinc, chloride, aluminum

5.) Interpret results of a soil analysis.

•  Differentiating among components of soil
Examples: sand, silt, clay

•  Describing methods for adjusting pH
•  Calculating the amount of fertilizer needed for nursery crops
6.) Demonstrate propagation methods for nursery plants.

7.) Adjust nursery growing media properties by adding amendments.

8.) Prepare growing media mixtures for nursery plants.

9.) Identify nursery plants by common name.

10.) Control environmental conditions for plant growth in the nursery industry.

Examples: temperature, ventilation, water, light

11.) Produce nursery crops.

12.) Identify nursery plant problems.

Examples: root rot, insect damage, fungus

13.) Select types of fertilizers and methods of application used in nursery production.

14.) Apply pesticides to nursery crops.

•  Identifying safety and first aid precautions in nursery crop production
•  Selecting correct pesticides for intended targets in nursery crop production
•  Disposing of containers and left-over pesticide mixtures according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards in nursery crop production
15.) Select quality nursery plants for marketing.

16.) Demonstrate managerial skills needed for successful operation of a nursery business.

17.) Demonstrate maintenance of nursery crop growing facilities, including propagation structures, greenhouses, shade houses, and mist equipment.

18.) Maintain power equipment used in nursery operations.