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SOIL MANAGEMENT (AGRICULTURE) BAG103

ONLINE SOIL MANAGEMENT COURSE

 Agricultural soil management

  • Understand soil management for profitable farming.
  • Learn about problems that can affect soil and how to deal with them
  • Essential for anyone working with the soil.

Course Aims

  • Develop a broad understanding of the physical and chemical properties of soils.
  • Develop skills in sampling and field testing soils for basic physical and chemical properties
  • Understand the principles, methods and techniques of sustainable soils management.
  • Understand the principles and practices of earthworks.
  • Understand causes and remediation methods of land degradation and soil problems.
  • Develop a broad knowledge in the use of growing containers for agriculture.
  • Develop strong understanding of soil science and its impact on plant growth.
  • Develop practical knowledge about managing soil for particular cropping uses.

Course Outline

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification
    • Soil health and Agricultural soils
    • What is soil health?
    • Soil Composition and Formation
    • Classifying Soil Groups and Soil Landscapes
    • Soil Profiles
    • Soil Horizons
    • Key Properties of Selected Soil Groups
    • Parent Materials
    • Classifying Soils According to Hydrological Properties
    • Soil hydrology Groups: Uniform Coarse-textured Soils, Permeability Contrast Soils; Cracking Clays; Medium to Fine Textured soils
  2. Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition
    • Understanding Soils
    • Mineral and Rock
    • How Soils Develop Naturally
    • Mechanical Weathering
    • Chemical Weathering
    • Geo-chemical Weathering Processes
    • Pedo-chemical Weathering
    • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
    • Organic Carbon
    • Soil Colour
    • Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth
    • Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth
    • Consistence and its Effect on Plant Growth
    • Depth of Profile and how it Relates to Plant Growth
    • PH and Plant Growth
    • Porosity and Plant Growth
    • Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Toxicity
  3. Soil Testing Methods
    • Tilth and Organic Matter
    • Soil Sampling for Chemical Analysis
    • General Principles of Soil Analysis
    • Tools for Field Sampling and Soil Investigation
    • Digging a Sample Pit or Hole
    • Finding Out about your Soil
    • Settlement Activity
    • Soil Structure Activity
    • Recording Soil Colour
    • Testing Consistence
    • Describing Texture
    • Test for Free Carbonates
    • Soil pH Testing
    • Stability of Clods to Wetting (Slaking and Dispersion)
    • Bulk Density Testing
    • Measurement of Organic Matter Content of Soil
    • Measuring Salinity
    • Measuring Water Content
    • Fertiliser Solubility
    • Affect of Lime on Soil
    • Laboratory Testing of Soils
  4. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
    • Soil Structure Decline
    • Water Repellence
    • Erosion
    • Hard-Layers in Soils
    • Transient Bonding; Compaction; Cementation; and Natural Rigidity
    • Sub-Soil Compaction: Compression, shearing and smearing
    • Soil Acidification
    • Alkalinity and Sodicity
    • Water-logging
    • Salinity
    • Chemical Residues
  5. Soil Management on Farms
    • Conservation Farming
    • No-Tillage (Zero tillage)
    • Minimum Tillage
    • Trap Cropping
    • Cover Crops and Green Manure Cropping
    • Alley Farming (AF)
    • Contour Farming and Strip Farming
    • Controlled Traffic Farming
    • Stubble Management
    • Establishing Water and Nutrient Management Plans
    • Soil Conservation Earthworks
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Direct Drilling in Pasture Establishment
    • Soil Management in Orchards
    • Soil Management in Market Gardens
  6. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part A)
    • Wheat
    • Oat
    • Barley
  7. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part B)
    • Narrow-Leafed Lupins
    • Canola
    • Faba Beans
    • Grapes
  8. PBL Soil project – Soil Investigation and Report
    • evaluate a range of soils for a given situation
    • determine soil problems or limitations that exist for a given land use
    • decide on suitable soil management strategies for the selected land

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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: $25.00 / week for 32 weeks

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    ONLINE SOIL MANAGEMENT COURSE

     Agricultural soil management

    • Understand soil management for profitable farming.
    • Learn about problems that can affect soil and how to deal with them
    • Essential for anyone working with the soil.

    Course Aims

    • Develop a broad understanding of the physical and chemical properties of soils.
    • Develop skills in sampling and field testing soils for basic physical and chemical properties
    • Understand the principles, methods and techniques of sustainable soils management.
    • Understand the principles and practices of earthworks.
    • Understand causes and remediation methods of land degradation and soil problems.
    • Develop a broad knowledge in the use of growing containers for agriculture.
    • Develop strong understanding of soil science and its impact on plant growth.
    • Develop practical knowledge about managing soil for particular cropping uses.

    Course Outline

    There are 8 lessons in this course:

    1. Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification
      • Soil health and Agricultural soils
      • What is soil health?
      • Soil Composition and Formation
      • Classifying Soil Groups and Soil Landscapes
      • Soil Profiles
      • Soil Horizons
      • Key Properties of Selected Soil Groups
      • Parent Materials
      • Classifying Soils According to Hydrological Properties
      • Soil hydrology Groups: Uniform Coarse-textured Soils, Permeability Contrast Soils; Cracking Clays; Medium to Fine Textured soils
    2. Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition
      • Understanding Soils
      • Mineral and Rock
      • How Soils Develop Naturally
      • Mechanical Weathering
      • Chemical Weathering
      • Geo-chemical Weathering Processes
      • Pedo-chemical Weathering
      • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
      • Organic Carbon
      • Soil Colour
      • Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth
      • Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth
      • Consistence and its Effect on Plant Growth
      • Depth of Profile and how it Relates to Plant Growth
      • PH and Plant Growth
      • Porosity and Plant Growth
      • Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Toxicity
    3. Soil Testing Methods
      • Tilth and Organic Matter
      • Soil Sampling for Chemical Analysis
      • General Principles of Soil Analysis
      • Tools for Field Sampling and Soil Investigation
      • Digging a Sample Pit or Hole
      • Finding Out about your Soil
      • Settlement Activity
      • Soil Structure Activity
      • Recording Soil Colour
      • Testing Consistence
      • Describing Texture
      • Test for Free Carbonates
      • Soil pH Testing
      • Stability of Clods to Wetting (Slaking and Dispersion)
      • Bulk Density Testing
      • Measurement of Organic Matter Content of Soil
      • Measuring Salinity
      • Measuring Water Content
      • Fertiliser Solubility
      • Affect of Lime on Soil
      • Laboratory Testing of Soils
    4. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
      • Soil Structure Decline
      • Water Repellence
      • Erosion
      • Hard-Layers in Soils
      • Transient Bonding; Compaction; Cementation; and Natural Rigidity
      • Sub-Soil Compaction: Compression, shearing and smearing
      • Soil Acidification
      • Alkalinity and Sodicity
      • Water-logging
      • Salinity
      • Chemical Residues
    5. Soil Management on Farms
      • Conservation Farming
      • No-Tillage (Zero tillage)
      • Minimum Tillage
      • Trap Cropping
      • Cover Crops and Green Manure Cropping
      • Alley Farming (AF)
      • Contour Farming and Strip Farming
      • Controlled Traffic Farming
      • Stubble Management
      • Establishing Water and Nutrient Management Plans
      • Soil Conservation Earthworks
      • Integrated Pest Management
      • Direct Drilling in Pasture Establishment
      • Soil Management in Orchards
      • Soil Management in Market Gardens
    6. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part A)
      • Wheat
      • Oat
      • Barley
    7. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part B)
      • Narrow-Leafed Lupins
      • Canola
      • Faba Beans
      • Grapes
    8. PBL Soil project – Soil Investigation and Report
      • evaluate a range of soils for a given situation
      • determine soil problems or limitations that exist for a given land use
      • decide on suitable soil management strategies for the selected land

    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: $25.00 / week for 32 weeks

      Clear

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