Crop Agronomy (AFNR5201)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit examines agronomy as the discipline that underpins agricultural production. Farming systems are studied to gain appreciation of the main agronomic principles of crop production. Most principles can be applied to dryland crops even though there is some emphasis in this unit is on irrigated crops. As a case study, the cotton industry is examined in detail to understand the end-user and social demands on agricultural production, the technical issues that challenge the farmer and the diversity of other specialist information from relevant disciplines such as entomology, pathology and soil science that must be integrated into the farming system. The unit also covers precision agriculture, legume science, rangeland science and crop protection. The unit includes a one-week excursion to cotton growing areas in northern NSW, specialist intensive instruction provided by the Cotton RDC, a three day excursion to the Cooma rangelandsand a series of workshops/tutorials that provide analysis and synthesis of the major farming systems in this industry.

Further unit of study information

Classes

12x2-h lectures/weeks 1-13; 4x2 h practicals/weeks 8, 11-13; Field excursions: week preceding the start of semester and 6 (subject to weather)

Assessment

2x2 excursion reports (2x20%), 2x2 practical reports (2x20%), viva voce (oral examination) (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.