This module will explore the issues of, water management, irrigation technology and advances in engineering within agricultural and horticultural mechanisation. Specific emphasis will be made in development of sensors and automation in production and environment management.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of production resource management including land, buildings, fixed equipment, labour and machinery and their impact on the choice of farming system and physical performance.
- Synthesise the relevant considerations relating to a variety of complex sensors and automation in relation to agricultural and horticultural production systems.
- Evaluate the impacts that practical irrigation technology has on water management.
- Identify and critically evaluate the various advances in engineering that agricultural production can utilise for production efficiency.
|Coursework||Production resource portfolio||50%|
|Coursework||Critical reflection and evaluation of the role and development of a specific technology in agriculture.||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Banks, A. and Melves, S.F. (eds.) (2012) Horizons in crop production: precision agriculture and no-till farming. Nova Science.
- Chuvieco, E. and Huete, A. (2010) Fundamentals of satellite remote sensing. Boca Raton, Fla.; London: CRC.
- Holden, J. (ed.) (2014) Water resources: an integrated approach. Routledge.
- Taylor, J.A., Cammarano, D., Prashar, A. and Hamilton, A. (eds.) (2017) Precision agriculture '17. 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture. [Conference proceedings] Cambridge University Press.
- Zhang, Q. (ed.) (2016). Precision agriculture technology for crop farming. CRC Press.