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Agricultural Systems Management (A S M)

A S M 424 Selection and Management of Agricultural Machinery (3) Function and operation of field and farmstead machines; energy, quality, and loss considerations; selection and utilization; precision agriculture technology.

A S M 424 Selection and Management of Agricultural Machinery (3)

A S M 424 covers the many aspects of mobile agricultural machinery and fleet management. Integration of economic analysis and functional performance topics are the focus. Optimization, sizing criteria and cycle diagrams, repair and maintenance, reliability of machinery, and precision agriculture technology are major topics covered. Students will give demonstrations of machines as part of the course. Software will be used to select proper sets and sizes of machinery as well as predict impact of machinery selections that may be non-optimal.

Grading will be based on homework, laboratory exercises, a demonstration project as well as mid-term and final examinations. Laboratory exercises will involve full-scale equipment with instrumentation used to measure performance.

While A S M 424 is not a prerequisite for any other course, it complements engineering and technology courses related to machinery. This course serves as a technical selection in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering major or as an agricultural selection in the Agricultural Systems Management major. It complements other courses for anyone interested in the off-road machinery industries. A S M 424 covers several aspects of selection and management of agricultural production and processing machinery.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: or concurrent:B E 306 orA S M 320

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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