Key facts

Course Dates
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2019
Type/Duration
Short Course - 5 Days - This course can be studied as a stand alone training course
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience within the crops industry.
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

Course overview

Crop production is a core business for the majority of agricultural holdings world-wide and is the sole source of income for many growers.

This short-course is suitable for graduates and non-graduates working in the crops industry, who are planning to become growers or technical advisors, and aims to provide an understanding of the scientific principles underlying crop production and their application in commercial crop management.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, biological, and economic factors influencing the choice of field crop species
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of crop growth and development and the influence of management on the components of yield
  • Assess crop health and growth and utilise the observations made towards constructing management strategies
  • Synthesise and critically appraise management strategies to optimise yield and quality in crop production with due regard to market constraints and the environment
  • Discuss, in a live cropping situation, how scientific principles and technologies can be applied to in-crop situations to optimise returns within best management practices.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Underlying production principles for the main crops utilised in the UK and world agriculture
  • Agronomy of key combinable and root crops grown in the UK
  • Scientific principles fundamental to optimum yield achievement
  • Environmental and economic awareness of crop management practices
  • Live observation of field crops


 

    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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