AGRONOMY 2

AGR3AGR

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will extend your knowledge of agronomy and apply understanding of plant structures and functions to the management of agricultural systems. Exercises will be the basis for exploring crop and pasture establishment and management options in both dry land and irrigated environments, through measurement of plant performance at the appropriate growth stages. You will also examine the interrelationships between technology, crop performance, production efficiency and sustainability, including genetic modification and precision agriculture. You will use crop 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesAGR1AGR
Students must be admitted in the following course: SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsNote: this subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Pests of field crops and pastures

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBailey, P

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VIC.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Advances in precision agriculture in south-eastern Australia. V. Effect of seasonal conditions on wheat and barley yield response to applied nitrogen across management zones

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAnwar, M, O'Leary, G & Rab, M

Year2009

Edition/VolumeVOL. 60, NO. 9, PP. 901-911.

PublisherCROP AND PASTURE SCIENCE

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Design of experiments for agriculture and the natural sciences

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHoshmand, A

Year2006

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherCRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FL.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

An introduction to geographical information systems

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCarver, S, Heywood, I & Cornelius, S

Year2006

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherPEARSON EDUCATION, MELBOURNE.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The adoption of precision agriculture in an Australian broadacre cropping system Challenges and opportunities

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJochinke, D, Bernard, N & Wachsmann, N

Year2007

Edition/VolumeVOL. 104, NO. 1-3, PP. 68-76.

PublisherFIELD CROPS RESEARCH

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Productivity growth in Australian agriculture: trends, sources, performance

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMullen, J

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAUSTRALIAN FARM INSTITUTE, SURRY HILLS, NSW.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

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Guide to Australian landcare management system: designed from the ground up by landholders to improve natural resource management

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorGleeson, T

Year2006

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAUSTRALIAN LANDCARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LEGUME, N.S.W.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Integrated Pest Management for crops and pastures

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHorne, P & Page, J

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherLANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA.

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe agronomic practices of crops and pastures in both dryland and irrigated environments
02. Evaluate and utilise different technologies including precision agriculture that are specific to Agronomic enterprises
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
04. Integrate aspects of crop/pasture production into sustainable management plans to improve yields and quality
05. Discuss the ecological basis for weed, insect and disease impacts and their management including environmental and ethical issues

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Case Study (1200 words equivalent)

Students will use an agricultural simulation model to predict growth and yield of a crop.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Demonstration of practical competency on farm (1200 words equivalent)

Students will be assessed on the design, establishment, measurement and analysis of a crop field trial.

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Crop Management Plan (2000 words)

Students will prepare a comprehensive report on a crop of their choice, including field production, agroecological management, and product economics.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5