The following aspects of crop production covering the application of scientific research based on current farming practices will be considered:
- Large scale cereal production.
- Detailed investigation of cereal quality.
- Legume and oilseeds production.
- Intensive root, fruit and salad production.
- Precision, integrated and organic crop production systems.
- Crop protection
These topics will be addressed by a series of farm and site visits, by visiting speakers, lectures, tutorials and guided study.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of key aspects of husbandry operations required to grow the major UK arable crops successfully.
- Acquire coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of current development concerning particular crops.
- Develop a systematic understanding of the management skills necessary to run a successful arable enterprise. Present and discuss key aspects of scientific research and their relevance to crop production
|Coursework||Crop monitoring exercise||80%|
|Coursework||Attendance and participation - Students will be marked on their attendance, questioning and interest at the visits and speaker sessions including their ability to participate in reasoned debate.||20%|
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Briggs, S. (2008) Organic Cereal and Pulse Production: A Complete Guide. Crowood Press
- 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 http://www.ahdb.co.uk/ (esp Wheat Growth Guide, Oilseed rape guide, Barley growth guide etc. etc.)
- DEFRA website http://www.defra.gov.uk
- AHDB website http://www.adhb.com/
- LEAF http://www.leafuk.org/leaf/
- NIAB TAG – Login details on gateway
- Malting information http://www.ukmalt.com/homepage.html
- Milling information http://www.nabim.org.uk
- Potato http://www.potato.org.uk
- Other agronomy websites including Agrii, Agrovista, Bayer, BASF, Frontier, Syngenta, Yara etc etc.
- Additional references will be given during the conduct of the module.