Soil Management (Crops) BHT103 Course Online

Distance Learning Course Soil Management Crops

This course is similar to our other soil management courses, but relates specifically to crops.

Soils are the foundation for any good horticulture; and this course as such is an essential training for anyone who seriously wants to grow crops.

Course Outline

There are 7 Lessons in this course:

  1. Physical and Chemical Properties Of Soils
    • How soil develops naturally
    • The main rock forming minerals
    • Types of rock
    • Understanding soils
    • Soil structure
    • Water and air
    • Soil temperature
    • Organic matter
    • Cation exchange capacity
    • Conductivity
    • Nutrition, major and minor elements, salts
    • Diagnosis of nutritional problems
    • Improving soils
    • Fertilisers
    • Composting
    • Indore Method
    • 14 day Method
    • Sheet composting
    • Worm Digester Method
    • Trench composting
    • The finished product
  2. Soil Testing Methods
    • Naming the soil
    • Soil sampling
    • Checklists for sampling soil
    • Common soil tests
    • Methods for measuring: pH, organic matter content, water content, fertiliser solubility
    • Testing the effects of lime in soil
    • Laboratory testing of soil
    • Sampling in greenhouses
    • Measuring salinity
    • Colorimetry
    • Bulk densities of soils and potting mixes
    • Checking the drainage rate of potting mixes
    • Understanding soil analysis, including when, what and how to test
  3. Sustainable Soil Management
    • What is organic growing
    • Eco gardening
    • The use of organic principles to help overcome soil problems
    • Natural plant nutrition -including trace elements
    • A quick guide on nutrient deficiencies in plants
    • Earthworms
    • Mycorrhizae
    • Laying mulch
    • Nutrition management
    • Fertilisers
    • Factors affecting fertiliser application
    • Liquid fertilisers
    • Organic fertilisers
    • Natural fertilisers
    • Mineral rock fertilisers and soil conditioners
  4. Soils and Managing Earthworks
    • Earth forming
    • Drainage
    • Improving drainage after construction
    • Points to remember when designing a drainage system
  5. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
    • What can go wrong
    • Chemical damage
    • Rubbish and soils
    • Salinity problems
    • Gardening in dry areas
    • Soil degradation
    • Erosion
    • Soil adicification
    • Compaction
    • Chemical residues
    • A few hints with planting
    • Physical plant protection methods
  6. Soil Science and Plant Health
    • Organic carbon
    • Phosphorus
    • Soil colour,pH, porosity, texture, consistence and its effects on plant growth
    • Soil profile, classification and description
    • Factors of soil formation
    • Weathering processes of soil formation
  7. Soil Management
    • The use of legumes
    • Soil management in orchards
    • Soil management in market gardens
    • Determining the kind and quantity of fertilisers to use
    • Planning a vegetable growth site
    • Soil management for vegetables

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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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Distance Learning Course Soil Management Crops

This course is similar to our other soil management courses, but relates specifically to crops.

Soils are the foundation for any good horticulture; and this course as such is an essential training for anyone who seriously wants to grow crops.

Course Outline

There are 7 Lessons in this course:

  1. Physical and Chemical Properties Of Soils
    • How soil develops naturally
    • The main rock forming minerals
    • Types of rock
    • Understanding soils
    • Soil structure
    • Water and air
    • Soil temperature
    • Organic matter
    • Cation exchange capacity
    • Conductivity
    • Nutrition, major and minor elements, salts
    • Diagnosis of nutritional problems
    • Improving soils
    • Fertilisers
    • Composting
    • Indore Method
    • 14 day Method
    • Sheet composting
    • Worm Digester Method
    • Trench composting
    • The finished product
  2. Soil Testing Methods
    • Naming the soil
    • Soil sampling
    • Checklists for sampling soil
    • Common soil tests
    • Methods for measuring: pH, organic matter content, water content, fertiliser solubility
    • Testing the effects of lime in soil
    • Laboratory testing of soil
    • Sampling in greenhouses
    • Measuring salinity
    • Colorimetry
    • Bulk densities of soils and potting mixes
    • Checking the drainage rate of potting mixes
    • Understanding soil analysis, including when, what and how to test
  3. Sustainable Soil Management
    • What is organic growing
    • Eco gardening
    • The use of organic principles to help overcome soil problems
    • Natural plant nutrition -including trace elements
    • A quick guide on nutrient deficiencies in plants
    • Earthworms
    • Mycorrhizae
    • Laying mulch
    • Nutrition management
    • Fertilisers
    • Factors affecting fertiliser application
    • Liquid fertilisers
    • Organic fertilisers
    • Natural fertilisers
    • Mineral rock fertilisers and soil conditioners
  4. Soils and Managing Earthworks
    • Earth forming
    • Drainage
    • Improving drainage after construction
    • Points to remember when designing a drainage system
  5. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
    • What can go wrong
    • Chemical damage
    • Rubbish and soils
    • Salinity problems
    • Gardening in dry areas
    • Soil degradation
    • Erosion
    • Soil adicification
    • Compaction
    • Chemical residues
    • A few hints with planting
    • Physical plant protection methods
  6. Soil Science and Plant Health
    • Organic carbon
    • Phosphorus
    • Soil colour,pH, porosity, texture, consistence and its effects on plant growth
    • Soil profile, classification and description
    • Factors of soil formation
    • Weathering processes of soil formation
  7. Soil Management
    • The use of legumes
    • Soil management in orchards
    • Soil management in market gardens
    • Determining the kind and quantity of fertilisers to use
    • Planning a vegetable growth site
    • Soil management for vegetables

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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