Module Title:Advanced Crop Production
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module aims to build upon the skills acquired from the Crop Production, Protection and Weed Science’ module. Students will acquire the skillset necessary to critically evaluate the economics and biology of producing crops. The breadth of crops will be broadened to include oilseeds and protein crops as well as alternative forage crops and where they could fit into a sustainable crop rotation. Grassland management skills will be further developed to include planning the infrastructure required for optimal grassland management. Formal lectures will be supplemented by case study and group work. A mixture of formal lectures along with facilitated crop walks and discussion group type activity to encourage the learner to critically analyse aspects of crop production. Learners will follow crop management on their own farms or selected farms in the area and critically analyse the inputs required as well as the production and financial returns. Where changes in management are being made a critical appraisal through group learning will be used. Visiting Lecturers on aspects relating to crop production will be used to broaden the learning experience. Students will also visit selected farms and agri-businesses/seed suppliers to discuss grassland management, identification of productivity and utilization problems and their solution. Cases will be appropriate to the learner group
Module Aim: The module aims to build upon the skills acquired from the Crop Production, Protection and Weed Science’ module. Students will acquire the skillset necessary to critically evaluate the economics and biology of producing crops. The breadth of crops will be broadened to include oilseeds and protein crops as well as alternative forage crops and where they could fit into a sustainable crop rotation. Grassland management skills will be further developed to include planning the infrastructure required for optimal grassland management.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Management of alternative combinable crops including proteins and oilseeds
LO2 The use of integrated pest management as it applies to sustainable agricultural systems.
LO3 Appraisal of alternative forages to grassland and where they fit in an integrated crop-livestock production system
LO4 Be capable of designing pasture infrastructure to facilitate the optimal grassland production for the soil type and location
LO5 Have an appreciation of the most up to date regulations in the area of crop production including environmental and health issues. Critically, the student will acquire the skills necessary to keep abreast of various legislation as it evolves and impacts upon their business.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Integrated pest management
• Rotations • Alternative forage selection • Cultural control • Establishment of critical thresholds for the control of crop pests and diseases
The role for integrated crop-livestock productions systems
•Use of forages in the rotation in tillage/ vegetable producers •Animal manures and their role in improving soil organic matter
Optimising grassland utilisation and quality
• Tools for the assessment of grass cover • grazing systems including zero grazing • Infrastructure for improved grassland utilisation
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Short project critiquing management practices of a crop of choice identifying areas where change would be recommended   20.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Plan for upgrading the grazing facilities on a selected farm including expected benefits of the upgrading.   20.00 n/a
Essay Essay   10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 4 Mandatory