Agronomy BAG306 Course Online

Agronomy Course Online – Cereals & Broadleaf Crops

Agronomy can be broadly defined as the practice and study of field crops for use as human food, animal feed, fibre, oilseed production and some industrial products. Agronomy involves the biological and physical factors related to crop production, such as crop physiology, plant breeding, pest control, soil science and management, crop rotation and tillage.

This course will introduce you to agronomic practices, managing crop growth, seed management, harvest and post harvest management as well as examine a range of cereal and broadleft crops.

  • 100 hours
  • Self paced study
  • Tutor support

Course Aims

  • Develop your understanding and confidently describe the nature and scope of agronomic practices within your country and others
  • Discuss what is grown, where it is grown and the diversity of practices used to grow a wide range of crops
  • Learn how to identify factors that affect the success of a crop; including soil condition, climate factors and biological influences such as pests and diseases
  • Clearly desribe significant practices used by farmers in the growing of an agronomic crop; including the management of soils, water, cultivations and crop protection
  • Explain how to achieve successful seed germination for different agronomic crops under different conditions in the field
  • Discuss practices used to farm cereals for harvest and sale as cash crops
  • Discuss practices used to farm broadleaf crops for harvest and sale as cash crops
  • Understand the use of different harvesting equipment and techniques including post harvest handling for a range of different crops
  • Demonstrate your knowledge by producing a management plan for a crop from planting to post harvest handling

Course Outline

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMIC PRACTICES
    • Introduction
    • Crop types
    • Plant structure and function
    • Transpiration rate
    • Selection criteria for plants
    • Understanding monoculture
    • Row crops
    • Cover crops
    • Crop operations
    • Planter types
  2. CULTURE – WHAT INFLUENCES CROP GROWTH
    • Soils
    • Problems with soils
    • Loss of soil problems
    • Erosion
    • Salinity
    • Soil sodicity
    • Soil acidity and alkalinity
    • Improving soils
    • Cultivation techniques
    • Plant nutrition
    • Nutrient deficiencies
    • Organic fertilisers
    • Soil life
    • Insect pests
    • Diseases
  3. CROP HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
    • Operations
    • Identifying weeds
    • Ways to control weeds
    • Spraying
    • Irrigation
    • Chemical crop protection
    • Preparing plant pathogens for microscopic observation
    • Culturing pathogens
    • Natural pest and disease control
    • Physical controls
    • Organic sprays and dusts
  4. SEED AND SEED MANAGEMENT
    • Seed storage
    • Types of seed storage
    • Seed vigour testing
    • Dormancy factors affecting germination
    • Germination treatments
    • Types of media
    • Media derived from rock or stone
    • Media derived from synthetic materials
    • Organic media
    • Diseases
    • Salinty build up
  5. ARABLE CEREAL CROPS
    • Cereal crops
    • Zadock scale
    • Wheat
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Triticale
    • Sorghum
    • Maize
    • Rice
    • Millet
    • Sugar cane
    • Ryegrass
    • Hay and silage
    • Quality control
    • Storage and handling
    • Hydroponic fodder
  6. ARABLE BROADLEAF CROPS
    • Characteristics of broadleaf crops
    • Oil crops
    • Chickpeas
    • Narrow-leafed lupins
    • Canola
    • Faba beans
    • Cover crops
    • Common legumes
  7. HARVESTING
    • Crop preparation for harvest
    • Crop harvest equipment
    • Forage harvesting equipment
    • Cereal harvesting equipment
    • Root crop harvesting equipment
    • Grain storage
    • Contract harvesting
  8. CROP MANAGEMENT – SPECIAL PROJECT
    • Crop management from planting to post harvest handling

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  • Experienced Tutor support
  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

From: $35.00 / week for 19 weeks

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Agronomy Course Online – Cereals & Broadleaf Crops

Agronomy can be broadly defined as the practice and study of field crops for use as human food, animal feed, fibre, oilseed production and some industrial products. Agronomy involves the biological and physical factors related to crop production, such as crop physiology, plant breeding, pest control, soil science and management, crop rotation and tillage.

This course will introduce you to agronomic practices, managing crop growth, seed management, harvest and post harvest management as well as examine a range of cereal and broadleft crops.

  • 100 hours
  • Self paced study
  • Tutor support

Course Aims

  • Develop your understanding and confidently describe the nature and scope of agronomic practices within your country and others
  • Discuss what is grown, where it is grown and the diversity of practices used to grow a wide range of crops
  • Learn how to identify factors that affect the success of a crop; including soil condition, climate factors and biological influences such as pests and diseases
  • Clearly desribe significant practices used by farmers in the growing of an agronomic crop; including the management of soils, water, cultivations and crop protection
  • Explain how to achieve successful seed germination for different agronomic crops under different conditions in the field
  • Discuss practices used to farm cereals for harvest and sale as cash crops
  • Discuss practices used to farm broadleaf crops for harvest and sale as cash crops
  • Understand the use of different harvesting equipment and techniques including post harvest handling for a range of different crops
  • Demonstrate your knowledge by producing a management plan for a crop from planting to post harvest handling

Course Outline

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMIC PRACTICES
    • Introduction
    • Crop types
    • Plant structure and function
    • Transpiration rate
    • Selection criteria for plants
    • Understanding monoculture
    • Row crops
    • Cover crops
    • Crop operations
    • Planter types
  2. CULTURE – WHAT INFLUENCES CROP GROWTH
    • Soils
    • Problems with soils
    • Loss of soil problems
    • Erosion
    • Salinity
    • Soil sodicity
    • Soil acidity and alkalinity
    • Improving soils
    • Cultivation techniques
    • Plant nutrition
    • Nutrient deficiencies
    • Organic fertilisers
    • Soil life
    • Insect pests
    • Diseases
  3. CROP HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
    • Operations
    • Identifying weeds
    • Ways to control weeds
    • Spraying
    • Irrigation
    • Chemical crop protection
    • Preparing plant pathogens for microscopic observation
    • Culturing pathogens
    • Natural pest and disease control
    • Physical controls
    • Organic sprays and dusts
  4. SEED AND SEED MANAGEMENT
    • Seed storage
    • Types of seed storage
    • Seed vigour testing
    • Dormancy factors affecting germination
    • Germination treatments
    • Types of media
    • Media derived from rock or stone
    • Media derived from synthetic materials
    • Organic media
    • Diseases
    • Salinty build up
  5. ARABLE CEREAL CROPS
    • Cereal crops
    • Zadock scale
    • Wheat
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Triticale
    • Sorghum
    • Maize
    • Rice
    • Millet
    • Sugar cane
    • Ryegrass
    • Hay and silage
    • Quality control
    • Storage and handling
    • Hydroponic fodder
  6. ARABLE BROADLEAF CROPS
    • Characteristics of broadleaf crops
    • Oil crops
    • Chickpeas
    • Narrow-leafed lupins
    • Canola
    • Faba beans
    • Cover crops
    • Common legumes
  7. HARVESTING
    • Crop preparation for harvest
    • Crop harvest equipment
    • Forage harvesting equipment
    • Cereal harvesting equipment
    • Root crop harvesting equipment
    • Grain storage
    • Contract harvesting
  8. CROP MANAGEMENT – SPECIAL PROJECT
    • Crop management from planting to post harvest handling

Send me free info pack

Enrol Now

  • Experienced Tutor support
  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

From: $35.00 / week for 19 weeks

Clear
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