Module: Advanced Crop Production

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Nicola Cannon
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

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.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of key aspects of husbandry operations required to grow the major UK arable crops successfully.
  2. Acquire coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of current development concerning particular crops.
  3. 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


Assessment Description Weighting
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%

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 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  (esp Wheat Growth Guide, Oilseed rape guide, Barley growth guide etc. etc.)
  • DEFRA website
  • AHDB website
  • LEAF
  • NIAB TAG – Login details on gateway
  • Malting information
  • Milling information
  • Potato
  • Other agronomy websites including Agrii, Agrovista, Bayer, BASF, Frontier, Syngenta, Yara etc etc.
  • Additional references will be given during the conduct of the module.