Agronomy (BAG306)

£325.00

Description

Learn to farm crops for food, fibre or fuel

Agronomic farming provides us with the raw products to produce a  great deal of the products we find in our shops; from breads, cereals, and cooking oils to fabrics and medicines. Modern society depends upon successful agronomic farming more than what most people realize. The need to understand and develop and constantly improve agronomic practices has created massive employment opportunities in the past; and that situation is unlikely to ever alter.

You don’t need to be highly qualified to work in Agronomy – but you do need to be highly knowledgeable.

This course provides a very solid foundation for you to understand the scope and nature of agronomy, as well as the technology and farm practices that underpin this industry. It is a starting point for farmers, technicians or entrepreneurs, or professional development for anyone with related knowledge or experience who needs to “fill in” gaps in what they know and understand about agronomy.

What this Course Covers 

This Course Covers:

  • Cereal Crops
  • Oil Crops
  • Fibre Crops

There are 8 lessons in this module as follows:

  1. INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMIC PRACTICES
    • Crop types
    • Plant structure and function
    • Transpiration rate
    • Selection criteria for plants
    • Understanding monoculture
    • Row crops
    • Cover crops
    • Crop operations
    • Planter types
  2. CULTURE: WHAT INFLUENCES CROP GROWTH
    • Soils
    • Problems with soils
    • Loss of soil problems
    • Erosion
    • Salinity
    • Soil sodicity, acidity and alkalinity
    • Improving soils
    • Cultivation techniques
    • Plant nutrition and nutrient deficiencies
    • Organic fertilisers
    • Soil life
    • Insect pests
    • Diseases
  3. CROP HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
    • Operations
    • Identifying weeds
    • Ways to control weeds
    • Spraying
    • Irrigation
    • Chemical crop protection
    • Preparing plant pathogens for microscopic observation
    • Culturing pathogens
    • Natural pest and disease control
    • Physical controls
    • Organic sprays and dusts
  4. SEED AND SEED MANAGEMENT
    • Seed storage
    • Types of seed storage
    • Seed vigour testing
    • Dormancy factors affecting germination
    • Germination treatments
    • Types of media
    • Media derived from rock or stone
    • Media derived from synthetic materials
    • Organic media
    • Diseases
    • Salinty build up
  5. ARABLE CEREAL CROPS
    • Cereal crops
    • Zadock scale
    • Wheat
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Triticale
    • Sorghum
    • Maize
    • Rice
    • Millet
    • Sugar cane
    • Ryegrass
    • Hay and silage
    • Quality control
    • Storage and handling
    • Hydroponic fodder
  6. ARABLE BROADLEAF CROPS
    • Characteristics of broadleaf crops
    • Oil crops
    • Chickpeas
    • Narrow-leafed lupins
    • Canola
    • Faba beans
    • Cover crops
    • Common legumes
  7. HARVESTING
    • Crop preparation for harvest
    • Crop harvest equipment
    • Forage harvesting equipment
    • Cereal harvesting equipment
    • Root crop harvesting equipment
    • Grain storage
    • Contract harvesting
  8. CROP MANAGEMENT – SPECIAL PROJECT
    • Crop management from planting to post harvest handling

 

Extra Reading

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

  • Profitable Farming by John Mason
  • Growing and Knowing Grasses by John Mason and Staff of ACS
  • Plant Pests and Diseases by John Mason

 

Assessment
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 Can Help you: where could you work after studies in agronomy?-

  • On farms that produce cereal crops
  • As a consultant to farmers
  • In Farm management
  • For commercial businesses that supply seed, animal feed and grains
  • For crop protection businesses

 

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