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.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Describe the key physiological processes for a range of crop types
- Be able to plan and undertake basic husbandry practices for a range of crop types
- Understand production costs and markets
- Identify, discuss and demonstrate correct harvesting and storage requirements for a range of crops
|Coursework||Practical and written assessment||70%|
|Examination||3 x termly tests||30%|
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.