AP1A12-Introduction to Crop Production

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Gillian Rose

Email: g.rose@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

For the student to become familiar with the basic requirements and agronomy for crop production.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will:- *Appreciate the factors that need to be considered when choosing a crop and cropping system. *Be familiar with the methods of tillage and sowing. *Understand the principles of resource capture by crops and how it can be manipulated by farmers with particular reference to sowing density, irrigation, drainage, crop nutrition and crop protection. *Understand the components of yield and quality of the most important crops and how these can be manipulated by farmers.

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Outline content:
The course will begin with a review of factors influencing crop choice and cropping system. Subsequently, the relationships between canopy size, light interception, water use and dry matter production will be introduced. The concepts of dry matter partitioning, sources and sinks, and harvest index and crop quality will be covered. Students will then be introduced, mainly with reference to cereal cropping, to the principles and practices of; soil tillage; crop sowing and establishment; irrigation; crop nutrition; crop protection and harvesting. These principles will then be tested against the agronomic needs of individual crops as case studies covering sugar beet, potatoes, field beans and peas, oilseed rape and grassland.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will proceed via a lecture course supplemented by a programme of guided reading.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 55
Class test administered by School 45

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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