Module: Crop Production and Science

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Mike Draper
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    120 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Thursday 9.30-11.30 at Harnhill

Module content

The basics of crop production will be covered, giving students an overview of the main issues and timescales of UK crops.

Subjects covered will include:

Physiological processes: germination, respiration, photosynthesis, nutritional requirements and sourcing, growth and reproduction of a range of root, combinable, forage and energy crops, partitioning of nutrients (yield production)

Basic husbandry: identification of suitable crop type relative to soil, farm enterprise and proposed uses/market; plan appropriate crop rotations, plan and implement soil fertility measures; demonstrate understanding of weed, pest and disease management; demonstrate compliance with relevant legislation

Production costs and markets: evaluation of the cost of production of a variety of crops; understand and interpret current market information for a variety of crops to assess profitability

Harvesting and storage: correctly describe appropriate harvesting methods for a range of crop types; explain and prioritise criteria for correct storage of a range of crops.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Describe the key physiological processes for a range of crop types
  2. Be able to plan and undertake basic husbandry practices for a range of crop types
  3. Understand production costs and markets
  4. Identify, discuss and demonstrate correct harvesting and storage requirements for a range of crops


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Practical and written assessment 70%
Examination 3 x termly tests 30%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • HGCA literature (various)
  • Finch, H.J.S., Samuel, A.M. & Lane, G.P.F. (2002). Lockhart and Wiseman’s crop husbandry including grassland.  Woodhead Publishing Ltd. 8th edition.