Module: Crop Production

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Nicola Cannon
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    45 hours

Module content

  • The basic husbandry of combinable and root crops
  • Crop inputs and requirements for different cropping systems
  • Farm soil management
  • Grassland and forage production and grazing management

Students will learn through participation in a programme of lectures, farm walks and visits covering all those areas listed above.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the agronomic factors involved in the production of a wide range of crops
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how to manage soils and crops in a sustainable manner
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate knowledge effectively


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Group video assessment 50%
Coursework Cropping systems portfolio 50%

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 the content of at least one of the following:

  • Environment Agency (2008) Think Soils: Soil assessment to avoid erosion and runoff. Environment Agency
  • Finch H J S, Samuel A M & Lane G P F  (2014) Lockhart and Wiseman’s CropHusbandry including Grassland (9th edn) Woodhead Publishing Ltd
  • AHDB Various publications  (esp Wheat Growth Guide, Oilseed rape guide, Barley growth guide etc. etc.)
  • DEFRA website
  • LEAF
  • Malting information
  • Milling information
  • 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
  • NIAB TAG – Login required
  • Other agronomy websites including Agrii, Agrovista, Bayer, BASF, Frontier, Syngenta, Yara etc
  • Additional references will be given during the conduct of the module