Course overview

The course will examine the principles and application of new technologies in the production of fresh produce crops.

The course will develop a greater understanding of the environmental impact of crop production, particularly the role of nutrients and water in the efficient production of fresh produce crops in a range of field and protected production systems.

The participants will examine crop production strategies using decision support systems combined with precision application technology.

The course will also demonstrate how an in-depth understanding of agronomy, pest, disease and weeds can assist with the formulation of integrated crop protection plans which utilise the cultural, chemical and biological control methods required in current fresh produce crop assurance strategies, such as GlobalGap and Assured Food Standards and legislative requirements.

Please note that as Advanced Agronomy for Fresh Produce is not a core module within Harper Adams University’s postgraduate program this module will only run if there are 5 or more confirmed enrolments by Monday 13th May 2019.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate a range of major pest, disease, weeds and nutrient deficiencies found in the main UK and European fresh produce crops.
  • Synthesise crop protection control strategies relative to target organisms and management strategies appropriate to the farming system employed.
  • Evaluate soil nutrient supply over time and synthesise nutrient strategies as appropriate to the crop and site.
  • Evaluate the environmental impact of water use in fresh produce production and select optimum water management strategies for the farming system.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered on this course will include:

  • Weeds, pests and diseases:
  • Technology
  • Crop nutrition
  • Agronomy
  • Environment
  • Financial


    Key facts

    Course Dates
    Course - 5 days - The course can be taken as a stand-alone training course but also makes up one of the optional courses of the Postgraduate Awards in Agrifood.
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience within the agrifood industry.
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
    Course Provider
    Harper Adams University
    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Harper Adams University
    AFTP Cohort
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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