AGRONOMY 2

AGR3AGR

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will extend student knowledge of agronomy and apply understanding of plant structures and functions to the management of agricultural systems. Crop and pasture establishment and management options in both dryland and irrigated environments will be explored through measurement of plant performance at the appropriate growth stages. Students will also examine the interrelationships between technology, performance, production efficiency and sustainability, including genetic modification and precision agriculture. Students will use simulation software to determine the impact-of and interactions-between climate, components of crop and pasture production and plant nutrition to crop yields. Conventional and alternative weed and pest management options, along with pesticide resistance, will be explored, with a focus on ecology and ethics.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1AGR and Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdvances in precision agriculture in south-eastern Australia. V. Effect of seasonal conditions on wheat and barley yield response to applied nitrogen across management zonesRecommendedAnwar, M, O'Leary, G & Rab, M 2009CROP AND PASTURE SCIENCE VOL. 60, NO. 9, PP. 901-911.
ReadingsAn introduction to geographical information systemsRecommendedCarver, S, Heywood, I & Cornelius, S 20063RD EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsDesign of experiments for agriculture and the natural sciencesRecommendedHoshmand, A 20062ND EDN, CRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FL.
ReadingsGuide to Australian landcare management system: designed from the ground up by landholders to improve natural resource managementRecommendedGleeson, T 2006AUSTRALIAN LANDCARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LEGUME, N.S.W.
ReadingsIntegrated Pest Management for crops and pasturesRecommendedHorne, P & Page, J 2008LANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA.
ReadingsPests of field crops and pasturesRecommendedBailey, P 2007CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VIC.
ReadingsProductivity growth in Australian agriculture: trends, sources, performanceRecommendedMullen, J 2007AUSTRALIAN FARM INSTITUTE, SURRY HILLS, NSW.
ReadingsThe adoption of precision agriculture in an Australian broadacre cropping system Challenges and opportunitiesRecommendedJochinke, D, Bernard, N & Wachsmann, N 2007FIELD CROPS RESEARCH, VOL. 104, NO. 1-3, PP. 68-76.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain agronomic practices of crops and pastures in both dryland and irrigated environments

Activities:
Practical workshop sessions and group discussion will explore the use of new technologies examining the relationships between the plants, soil and the environment. Site visits to the farm will be used to demonstrate some of these technologies. Management plans and case studies will be developed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

02. Evaluate and utilise different technologies including precision agriculture that are specific to Agronomical enterprises

Activities:
Practical workshop sessions and group discussion will explore the use of new technologies examining the relationships between the plants, soil and the environment. Site visits to the farm will be used to demonstrate some of these technologies. Management plans and case studies will be developed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness
Creative Problem-solving

03. Analyse crop models, growth data and apply results of experimental trials to develop a crop or pasture management plan and present in a format suitable for a professional audience

Activities:
Practical workshop sessions and group discussion will explore the use of modelling examining the management between the plants, soil and the environment. Farm visits will be used to analyse and gather data for some of these models. Management plans and case studies will be developed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Ethical Awareness
Critical Thinking
Writing

04. Integrate aspects of crop/pasture production into sustainable management plans to improve yields and quality

Activities:
Management plans and case studies will be developed and presented to the class by small groups working together.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Ethical Awareness

05. Discuss the ecological basis for weed, insect and disease impacts and their management including environmental and ethical issues

Activities:
Practical workshop sessions, case studies and group discussion will explore the use of integrated pest management with respect to plants, soil and the environment. Farm site visits will be used to demonstrate some aspects of IPM. Management plans and case studies will be developed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case Study (1200 words)25 04
Demonstration of practical competency (1 day in field)20 02
Field assessment35 01, 02, 05
Management Plan (1000 words)20 03, 04