Course overview

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to improve their fundamental understanding of sugar beet production (e.g. growers, agronomists, breeders, consultants). It is recognised by BASIS as an Advanced Module (worth 30 CPD points) and can be applied towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. 

This course can also be taken as part of a formal postgraduate programme with the option to study for 15 or 20 credits at Level 7.

The BBRO are offering a maximum of 3 bursaries, worth up to 50% of the main course fees, for UK sugar beet levy payers participating in the 2018 Advanced Sugar Beet course. Applications for the bursaries must be received before 1st September and can be requested as part of your course application (click the 'Apply Now' button on this page to begin the registration process). 

Please note that the closing date for applications for this course is 1st September 2018.

Key facts file

Course Dates:

TBC

Title: Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management
Type/Duration:

A series of workshops during November and December. Prior to the start of the course, participants will have access to online learning materials to introduce the fundamental concepts.

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience within the industry.

Credits: 15
Cost: £1500.00
Fee Info:

The BBRO are offering a maximum of 3 bursaries, worth up to 50% of the main course fees, for UK sugar beet levy payers participating in the 2018 Advanced Sugar Beet course. Applications for the bursaries must be received before 1st September.

Course Provider: University of Nottingham
Provider Reference Number:

D24ATA

Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Online, University of Nottingham
Course Logistics:

This course also offers units running at; BBRO (Norwich), Norfolk and Wissington Factory (Norfolk). Lunch is provided.

CPD Awarding Body: BASIS
CPD Points: 30
Tutors:

Debbie Sparkes

Mark Stevens

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically review ways in which research impacts upon evolving practice in the sugar beet production and management sector.
  • Apply specific technical knowledge to resolving complex work-based problems.
  • Demonstrate the development of the skills of critical reading, critical thinking and concise and purposeful writing to the formulation of realistic recommendations for the improvement of their workplace practice.
  • Demonstrate and review the use of theory-in-action in a professional context.

 

Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Foundation in Sugar Beet
  • Crop Protection
  • Varieties and Seed Technology
  • Harvesting, Storage and Processing

The online learning will be available to participants three weeks before the start of the course. This will introduce the fundamental concepts of sugar beet growth and development and how this underpins yield formation. The content of the online course will be reviewed during the 'Foundation in sugar beet' unit.

Course Structure

Sugar Beet Online Learning

Start Date: TBC
Location: Online

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's "Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management" course. 

The online learning will be available to participants three weeks before the start of the course. This will introduce the fundamental concepts of sugar beet growth and development and how this underpins yield formation. The content of the online course will be reviewed during the 'Foundation in sugar beet' unit.

Areas covered will include:

  • Sugar beet agronomy and physiology
  • Sugar beet nutrition
  • Crop protection (virus yellows)
  • Access to a sugar beet growth model

Foundation in Sugar Beet

Start Date: TBC
Location: University of Nottingham

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's "Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management" course. 

Areas covered will include:

  • Structure of the global sugar market and UK sugar beet industry.
  • Physiology of the sugar beet crop. Crop nutrition. Water use by the crop including current research in this area.
  • Profitability of sugar beet within the rotation.
  • Soils and soil management. seedbed preparation and plant establishment.

Crop Protection (Sugar Beet)

Start Date: TBC
Location: BBRO (Norwich)

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's "Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management" course. 

Areas covered will include the major weeds, pests and diseases of sugar beet in the UK including existing control measures and current research into new approaches. Sessions will comprise a mixture of seminars and practical laboratory classes.

Harvesting, Storage and Processing (Sugar Beet)

Start Date: TBC
Location: Wissington Factory (Norfolk)

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's "Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management" course. The day will include a tour of Wissington Sugar Factory.

Areas covered will include:

  • Understanding the processor's requirements
  • Harvest, management and topping
  • Quality storage
  • Transport and delivery
  • Breeding for disease resistance

Varieties and Seed Technology (Sugar Beet)

Start Date: TBC
Location: BBRO (Norwich)

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's "Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management" course. 

Areas covered will include:

  • The history of plant breeding and seed production
  • Seed selection and ordering
  • Breeding for disease resistance
  • Introduction to seed technology at Germains, including a tour of the factory
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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