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Agricultural Soil Management (BAG103)



Learn to Evaluate and Improve Soils on a Farm

Soils are vital to crop health. They provide air and nutrients to roots, they act as a reservoir for water, and they support plants. If they are not managed properly, soils can also present optimal conditions for soil borne pathogens, bacteria and weeds.

Different types of crops grow better in different soils according to soil structure, soil acidity or alkalinity, water retention and other factors. In this course, you’ll learn all about soil management, how to test soils for different components, how to adjust soils, and how to overcome common problems which soils can present. Discover how to make the most of your farm by improving your soils.


What this Course Covers

Eight lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification
  2. Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition
  3. Soil Testing Methods
  4. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
  5. Soil Management on Farms
  6. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Grass Crops)
  7. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Legume and other Crops)
  8. PBL Soil project – Soil Investigation and Report


Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

Profitable Farming
Organic Gardening
Farm Management

There are three basic types of assessment.  Assessments are more than just a way of giving you a final result though!  For us; these assessments are opportunities to revisit things you have studied; interact with our academic staff, and look at things from another perspective. Psychologists know that true learning requires revisiting what you learn. Through these assessments, your learning is strengthened and in doing so, your ability to retain and apply your learning after study is strengthened.
By giving you different types of assessment tasks, the ways in which you encounter information is varied.  The three types of assessments are:
1.    Self-assessment tests (SAT):  These are presented during each lesson and are essentially an on-line quiz.  These provide immediate results, so you are able to identify areas that require further work.
2.    Assignments: These are undertaken at the end of each lesson and are designed to consolidate the lesson aim and the content.
3.    Optional Final Exam: Upon successful completion of all the lessons, you are able to choose to sit a final exam.  This can be sat at your convenience.  There is an additional cost for this option.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a formal transcript as proof of your results.

How Long Will You Take?

This course is flexible, allowing you to study at times that suit you.  It is designed so that most students will take about 100 hours to complete it.  What that looks like, is totally up to you.


Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network.  These are Colleges that are located in offices around the world and are affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.  Courses are developed with input from all the staff at these colleges, reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict “No Plagiarism” policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and if plagiarism is detected, work will not be deemed to have been completed and will be penalised. 

How This Course Could Help You

This is a course aimed at the farmer, agronomist, soil management specialist, agriculturist or anyone in the industry who needs more knowledge on soil management methods and how to take into account all the factors involved in successful soil management. It may also be of value to hobby or home farmers too.

Study this course by itself or along with other modules as part of a certificate or higher level qualification.


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