Course overview

The Plant Health Management Practices course develops an appreciation of factors that influence occurrence and severity of weed, pest and disease outbreaks. It will enable you to recognise, evaluate and design appropriate strategies for plant health management and control. 

You will also develop an awareness of how significant crop protection problems are to plant health management, providing you with an understanding of the practice of conventional and novel approaches to control.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Plant Health Management Practices course participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the use of physical diagnostic characteristics in the identification of example weed, pest and disease problems and evaluate their agricultural / horticultural significance
  • Choose appropriate control measures for individual problems and combine them into integrated pest management systems
  • Evaluate and synthesise cost effective, environmentally sensitive strategies for the control of example weed, pest and disease problems in annual arable and horticultural cropping systems
  • Evaluate and synthesise cost effective, environmentally sensitive strategies for the control of example weed, pest and disease problems in perennial cropping systems, including agricultural grassland.
Additional Course Information

For key annual and perennial agricultural crops, agricultural grassland and horticultural food crops the following plant health issues will be addressed:

  • Identification of crop protection problems
  • Evaluation of crop protection practices
  • Effect of cropping practices
  • Crop protection plans
  • Synthesis and Development

This course will be assessed by a presentation and a practical identification exam (50:50 weighting)

 

Key facts

Course Dates
10 - 14 Feb 2020
Type/Duration
5 days This course can be studied as a stand alone training course.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience within the crops industry Students must have completed Plant Health Management Principles course
Credits
15
Cost
£1200.00
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
Cohort
AFTP Cohort
Tutors

Dr John Reade

My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
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