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About this course
What is agronomy?
Agronomy is the growing of field crops for use as human food, animal feed, fibre, oil seed production and some industrial products. Agronomy includes crops such as wheat, and cotton but does not cover vegetable, fruit, forestry and flower crops.
What will you learn?
You will learn about the biological and physical factors related to crop production. This online agronomy course covers crop physiology, plant breeding, pest control, soil science and management, crop rotation and tillage and more. The course is self-paced study so you can study at home, at your own pace.
Who is this online agronomy course suitable for?
This online agronomy course is suitable for you if you are interested in or currently involved in large or small-scale agronomy or related fields such as soils, seeds, agriculture, post-harvest management and more.
- 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 describe 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.
Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of 10 lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
What you will learn
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMIC PRACTICES
- Crop Types
- Plant structure and Function
- Transpiration rate
- Selection Criteria for Plants
- Understanding monoculture
- Row Crops
- Cover Crops
- Crop Operations
- Planter types
- CULTURE – WHAT INFLUENCES CROP GROWTH
- Problems with soils
- Loss of soil problems
- Soil sodicity
- Soil acidity and alkalinity
- Improving soils
- Cultivation techniques
- Plant nutrition
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Organic fertilisers
- Soil life
- Insect Pests
- CROP HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
- Identifying weeds
- Ways to control weeds
- Chemical crop protection
- Preparing plant pathogens for microscopic observation
- Culturing Pathogens
- Natural pest and disease control
- Physical controls
- Organic sprays and dusts
- 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
- Salinity build up
- ARABLE CEREAL CROPS
- Cereal crops
- Zadock scale
- Sugar cane
- Hay and Silage
- Quality control
- Storage and handling
- Hydroponic fodder
- ARABLE BROADLEAF CROPS
- Characteristics of broadleaf crops
- Oil crops
- Narrow-leafed lupins
- Faba beans
- Cover crops
- Common legumes
- Crop preparation for harvest
- Crop harvest equipment
- Forage harvesting equipment
- Cereal harvesting equipment
- Root crop harvesting equipment
- Grain storage
- Contract harvesting
- CROP MANAGEMENT – SPECIAL PROJECT
- Crop management from planting to postharvest handling
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.
Karen Huntley MSc Marketing Management (Food Related Industries), PDC, PG Dip Organic Farming, Cert Marketing, BA. Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture
Karen has a strong background and passion for organic food production systems, nutrition and community agriculture. Karen also has experience and training in Permaculture (PDC), horticultural therapy, community organic enterprises as well as being an experienced bee keeper.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline range of courses are suitable for any one, basically anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enrol in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.