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Applied Crop Production and Management explores the science and technology of major Australian food crop production systems, to improve both yield and sustainability, with a particular focus on field crops, and annual and perennial horticulture crops. Topics covered will include the factors that influence yield such as plant genetic make-up, plant functioning, climatic zones, crop management practices including nutrient management, crop rotations, crop protection, and will also focus on measurement of crop yield. Consideration of the impact of climatic uncertainties and management practices will provide students with a sound understanding of the requirements of a profitable and sustainable cropping system, and the competencies needed to manage such a system. This subject will be delivered as combination of lectures, workshops and hands-on field and laboratory activities at the Dookie campus, and will capitalise on the proximity of Dookie to major cropping enterprises of the north central and Goulburn Valley regions.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to extend the student's ability to:
- Identify the ecological principles underpinning crop production systems
- Understand how the processes of growth and development of plants interact with management operations in a crop production system
- Identify the role and place of selected crops in production systems
- Develop skills in predicting outcomes from particular management practices on economic and environmental benchmarks
On completion of this subject, the student should have developed the following generic skills:
- An ability to demonstrate a broad knowledge of fundamental scientific precepts across crop production systems
- An understanding of the structures of agriculture and related industries and the principal factors that determine location, environmental impact, sustainability, profitability and international trade competitiveness
- The capacity to apply scientific knowledge to the definition, analysis, and solution of agricultural and environmental problems
- A capacity for the exchange, acquisition and dissemination of scientific and industry information and for technology transfer
Last updated: 19 June 2021