Module: Crop Production 1

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Adam Hinchcliffe
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    33 hours

Module content

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)

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of climate and soil type in determining crop systems and sequences
  2. Construct a basic crop gross margin using output and variable costs data
  3. Explain the significance of the inputs that are used to grow arable crops and how these are determined by agronomic decision making
  4. Demonstrate awareness of the legislation and guidance which affects crop production in the UK
  5. Identify crops, weeds, diseases and pests and discuss their significance in crop production


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Practical Exercise – ID and agricultural significance test in laboratory. 30%
Coursework Written project – basic farm-based review of soils, climate, system, inputs, compliance and margins using either an RAU farm or one with which the student is familiar. 70%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

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