Crop Production 1
- Module code
- Module leader
- Steve Finch
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 45 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 2
The module will cover the basic building blocks of crop production including:
- Climate and Cropping Systems.
- Soil and farm soil management.
- Crop types and markets.
- Cropping sequences.
- Systems of production.
- Variable inputs – seeds, fertilisers and sprays.
- The structure and content of a crop gross margin.
- Codes of practice and cross compliance as applied to crop production.
- Harvest, drying and storage of harvested produce.
- Practical field/lab skills – ID of problems, crop ID, crop assessment and monitoring techniques.
- The role of the crop specialist (agronomist).
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
1. Understand the importance of climate and soil type in determining crop systems.
2. Know about a range of crop species and varieties, their end uses and how they fit together in rotations.
3. Understand the differences between conventional cropping and systems using lower inputs.
4. Know how to construct a basic crop gross margin using output and variable costs data.
5. Know what inputs are commonly used to grow crops and how crops are handled post-harvest.
6. Demonstrate awareness of the legislation and guidance which affects crop production in the UK.
7. Identify crops, weeds, diseases and pests and understand their significance in crop production and how they can be managed.
|Coursework||Practical Exercise – ID test in laboratory.||30%|
|Coursework||Essay – Assess a soil type for crop potential and limitations||30%|
|Examination||Unseen exam (2 hours)||40%|
Students should be familiar with selected contents of the following:
- McConnell, P. and Soffe, R.J. (2003) The Agricultural Notebook. (20th edition). Blackwell Science. (crops and soil management sections).
- Martin, J.H., Waldren, R P. and Stamp, D.L. (2006). Principles of Field Crop Production. (4th edition). Pearson Education.
- Nix, J. (Annual). Farm Management Pocketbook. Agro Business Consultants.