This module examines the production of a range of economically important crops and builds on the knowledge gained in core Level 4 modules. The range of crops covered includes cereals, major oilseeds, legumes (combinable peas and beans), sugar beet, potatoes and other relevant “alternative” crops. Some alternative uses for major crops will be examined. Students are expected to develop a detailed understanding of the agronomic requirements of each crop and an appreciation of environmental considerations. A comprehension of the basic principles of crop protection will be required and emphasis will be placed on the cost effective use of inputs within an Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Farm Management (IFM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems. Students will also be encouraged to investigate market opportunities and to understand the quality standards demanded by the wholesale and retail customer.
- Module leader: Roy Browne