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Goals and Learning Objectives

Goals

  • Describe different types of cropping systems types, soil tillage practices, and indicators of soil quality.
  • Interpret the effect of cropping systems and soil tillage approaches on soil conservation and quality.
  • Distinguish which crop and soil management practices promote soil health and enhanced agroecosystem performance.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Define and provide an example of some cropping system practices (ex. monoculture, double crop, rotation, cover crop, intercrops).
  • Define soil quality and describe some indicators of soil quality.
  • Explain some tillage systems and how tillage practices affect soil quality.
  • Interpret how the integration of cropping and tillage systems can promote soil conservation and quality.
  • Analyze and prescribe some cropping systems and tillage practices that promote soil quality and other agroecosystem benefits.


These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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