Agricultural Sciences

Crop Technology - Courses

CAMPUS: Vermilion Campus
Year 1 Required Courses CREDITS
AE 100 Microeconomics 3
This course deals with the economic principles underlying production, markets, and the national economy.  Agricultural examples are used throughout.
AE 101 Student Managed Farm I 3
AE 101 introduces the student to the Lakeland College Student Managed Farm and Crop Technology Practicum. It provides students with basic principles of working in teams in a business environment. The course also introduces students to field reporting software and more complex Excel computing problem solving.
AE 202 Business Records and Reporting 3
This class is designed so students will have an understanding of the key accounting and financial concepts related to their agriculture operations. A computerized accounting system is introduced and utilized for data entry and financial statement preparation. Prerequisites: None.
AE 300 Grain, Oilseeds and Pulse Crop Marketing 3
This course provides an in-depth analysis of both the pricing and delivery options available to the farm manager.  Students learn how to analyze the grain, oilseed, and pulse crop markets. Prerequisite: AE 100.
CO 138 Agricultural Communications and Computer Applications 3
This is a course in oral and written communication as it relates to the agricultural community. Assignments focus on agricultural topics, employment issues, and interview skills. Assignments are related to activities students may encounter when they are part of the agricultural community.  Labs will focus on computer skills related to Microsoft Office and other software applications.
CR 160 Plant Science and Field Crops 3
Introduction to basic plant botany and production of grain and oilseed crops in western Canada. Study plant physiology, major plant parts and their role in plant growth and development. Discover major growth factors for crops on the prairies and how they can affect these crops. Combined with specific best practices for major grain and oilseed crops of Western Canada.
CR 242 Weed and Herbicide Management 3
This is a course in weed biology, ecology and identification.  The integration of common cultural, biological and chemical weed management practices with the entire cropping system is discussed.  Chemical make-up, mode of action and responsible use of herbicides is included.
MR 112 Tillage and Direct Seeding Systems 3
This course covers the related areas of tillage, seeding and fertilizing equipment. Emphasis is placed on systems common to the Western Canadian prairies. Skills are implemented to assist decision-making and problem-solving in common agricultural production situations. Course topics are studied in the classroom, the shop, and in the field if the season permits.
MR 142 Pesticide Application Technologies 3
This course provides an in-depth study of pesticide spray application equipment commonly used on prairie grain farms. Pesticide legislation, safety, health and environmental considerations are covered to assist those interested in pursuing a provincial pesticide applicator's license. Application accuracy and efficiency are emphasized, as is safe and responsible use of these pesticides.
SO 102 Soil Science 3
Study basic physical, chemical and biological properties of soils to understand how soils function as a growth medium in agriculture. Soil Orders of the Canadian System of Soil Classification relevant to field crop production in Western Canada reviewed.
Year 2 Required Courses CREDITS
AE 230 Financial Management 3
Students learn to use concepts and tools of economics and financial management as they apply to farming. A large part of the course consists of assignments dealing with time value of money principles, economic analysis, financial analysis, budgeting and other management tools.  Assignments use Office 365 programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Prerequisite: AE 202.
BA 171 Agricultural Sales 3
This course is an examination of the personal qualities and skills required of an agricultural salesperson.  This course includes exploration of the motivations underlying the buying decision, the techniques and theory utilized in the preparation of the sales presentation, and a review of the elements of a sales plan. Role-playing and case studies are used to demonstrate sales and leadership techniques.
CR 216 Diversified Crop Production 3
This course focuses on the major agronomic practices in the management of various specialty crops. The practices include plant growth requirement, field operations, varietal considerations, and soil conservation measures.
CR 245 Insects and Diseases of Crops 3
This course focuses on the major agronomic practices in the management of various specialty crops.  The practices include plant growth requirement, field operations, varietal considerations, and soil conservation measures.
CR 260 Integrated Crop Management 3
This course provides an overall view of Integrated Crop Management (ICM). ICM is a systematic approach to crop management in which many aspects of crop production are integrated to accomplish efficient crop production. Students build upon the knowledge acquired previously in the traditional disciplines of soil and plant science and move towards the goal of understanding the keys to successful, sustainable cropping systems. Prerequisites: Students are expected to be in the second year or third year of an Agricultural Sciences Program.
MR 110 Grain Harvesting Systems 3
This course covers all aspects of modern grain harvesting equipment.  Appropriate harvest timing for various crops, the design, adjustment, and operation of the swather and of the various combine configurations are studied in the classroom, lab, and field in the appropriate season.  Harvest management systems are investigated in some detail through discussion of grain conditioning, drying, straight combining, in-field grain transport systems, and other techniques. Pre/co-requisites: none.
PA 211 Applications in Precision Farming 3
This course provides an overview of precision farming techniques and the equipment used to implement these techniques. Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) receivers, yield monitors, variable rate application equipment, remote sensing techniques, and field scouting computers are studied and used to collect data used for making crop planning decisions.
SO 242 Fertility Management 3
This course studies nutrient requirements for field crop production. The type of nutrients required by plants, sources of these nutrients, and methods of application are considered. Emphasis is given to understanding the chemical and physical properties of fertilizers commonly used, availability of nutrients to plants, and potential for loss of applied nutrients from the soil. Soil testing and economics of nutrient application are considered. Prerequisite: SO 102.
CR 260 Integrated Crop Management 3
This course provides an overall view of Integrated Crop Management (ICM). ICM is a systematic approach to crop management in which many aspects of crop production are integrated to accomplish efficient crop production. Students build upon knowledge acquired previously in the traditional disciplines of soil and plant science and move towards the goal of improving their agronomic management skills required to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of a commercial cropping enterprise. Reviewing and applying the principle factors contributing to crop health (successful crop establishment, appropriate crop rotations, building yield through the application of crop genetics, and soil fertility management), students participate in real life Nutrient Management planning for the crops, field soil tests, and available manure of the College Student-Managed Farm.
Year 2 Required Elective Courses CREDITS
AE 450 Student Managed Farm II 3
Students integrate and apply the techniques of management in an actual operating crop farm enterprise. Students learn these techniques in a business environment by participating in the management of the Lakeland College Student-Managed Farm. Prerequisites: As all courses in the program are essential, implementation of the knowledge learned is fundamental to reaching the course learning outcomes. Successful completion (minimal pass) of all first year courses is required.
AE 451 Student Managed Farm III 3
This is the final phase of the student-managed farm activities. Students complete the financial records from the previous crop year, finalize the cropping and research plans for the upcoming year, finish marketing the previous year's crop, and begin to source seed, fertilizer and other crop inputs for spring seeding. The students complete an in-depth analysis of the student-managed farm and complete a final presentation to staff, first year students, and the general public. Prerequisite: AE450
AE 460 Industry Practicum 3
Second-year Crop Technology students are placed in approved agricultural supply and/or production enterprise following successful completion of their first-year studies to gain practical experience in a working environment. This on-site experience is followed by 1 hr/week tutorial in the fall term of their second-year studies. P/F.
AE 461 Farm/Field Management Simulation 3
Second Year Crop Technology students who have chosen the Ag Practicum option AE460 to AE 450 (Student Managed Farm II) follow that practicum experience with this course, in which they simulate the grain storage and marketing, as well as the crop planning and budgeting activities for the upcoming crop season. Working as a team, they experience the challenges faced by farmers on an annual basis. They are graded on their proficiency at completing various time-sensitive assignments.
For year 2 required electives, you must choose either AE 450 & 451 or AE 460 & 461.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree