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Fruit and Vegetable Crops

Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences

Contact: Wesley Autio, Program Coordinator
Office: 205 Bowditch Hall
Phone: (413) 545-2963
Email: autio@pssci.umass.edu

The production and marketing of fruit and vegetables are major enterprises in Massachusetts. To maintain these enterprises amidst rising land values, increasing costs of production, and heightened environmental concerns, highly trained and skilled personnel are required. Efficient and environmentally safe methods of land use, water, pesticides, fertilizers, and cropping techniques are stressed. Economic factors which bear upon successful crop and farm management are given particular attention. Farms, laboratories, and greenhouses are available and provide a base for hands-on learning.

Course of Study

First Semester

Credits

PLSOILIN 102 Introductory Botany

4

PLSOILIN 105 Soils

4

*PLSOILIN 300 Deciduous Orchards

 

PLSOILIN 315 Greenhouse Management

4

NATRES&E 191F First Year Seminar

1


Second Semester (7 wks)

Credits

*PLSOILIN 101 Insects and Related Forms

2

PLSOILIN 103 Plant Science

1.5

PLSOILIN 104 Plant Nutrients

1.5

PLSOILIN 397F Pesticide Management for Greenhouse Crops

2

PLSOILIN 398G Greenhouse Practicum

1

STOCKSCH 170 Pesticide Certification (Optional) or

1

PLSOILIN 196 Independent Study

1

RES-ECON 141 Consumer Marketing

2

*PLSOILIN 198F Internship (April-August)

4


Third Semester

Credits

Math by placement exam

2-3

PLSOILIN 113 Plant Pathology Lab

1

*PLSOILIN 305 Small Fruit Production

 

At least one of the following:

PLSOILIN 265 Sustainable Agriculture

 

PLSOILIN 310 Weed Management

 

PLSOILIN 350 Soil and Crop Management

 


Fourth Semester

Credits

ENGLISH 120 English Composition

 

*PLSOILIN 182 Principles of Pesticide Management

2

*PLSOILIN 325 Vegetable Production

4

RES-ECON 140 Managing Your Own Business

 

RES-ECON 142 People in Organizations

 

At least one of the following:

PLSOILIN 120 Organic Farming and Gardening

 

PLSOILIN 235 Pruning Fruit Crops

2

PLSOILIN 397C Community Food Systems

 


* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.