Study Agronomy online!
Learn about the production and
harvesting of different crops, including grains (cereals, pulses, and
other grains) and root crops.
- Study different crops - grains (cereals, pulses, and other grains), and root crops.
- Learn about different crop production methods.
- Learn about crop scheduling.
- Learn about harvesting and post-harvest management.
- Study the chemistry of soils and water.
- Understand soil composition and testing methods.
- Choose elective modules to tailor the Certificate to a qualification that suits your own interests and goals.
Note that each module in the Certificate in Agronomy is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
WHAT IS NEEDED ON A FARM?
For successful production of agronomic crops, various types of farming infrastructure are required in addition to natural resources such as land, water and a suitable climate. The infrastructure varies according to the region, crops grown and financial status of the farmer and it will differ markedly from small to large scale crop production.
Basic infrastructure for large scale farms usually comprises the following:
- Buildings — storage facilities for equipment, crop product, livestock e.g. barns, silos. There might be a necessity for grading/packing sheds.
- Power source— to run equipment such as lights, heaters, coolers, water pumps, grinders etc.
- Water supply—streams, dams, springs, bores, wells, ponds, mains supply; plus, conveyancing equipment pipes, pumps.
- Fencing —to control livestock movement and prevent large pest encroachment e.g. kangaroos, deer, feral animals.
Equipment —tractors, seeders, planters, harvesters (see picture below on the left-hand side), large combine harvesters, quad bikes, sprayers, irrigation pipes, pumps, driers, augers, hoppers.
Equipment for small scale farms might include handheld implements such as spades, hoes; small equipment that can be drawn by animals such as a plough, a ripper seeder (see picture below on the right), small driers, grinders and crop storage bins.
In addition to infrastructure, farmers need supplies such as seed, fertilisers, crop chemicals etc. and labour to carry out the various crop operations. Most importantly, the farmers require a market for their produce, if producing excess to their family requirements.
Every type of crop is different; and required different equipment and farming techniques to be used.
Clearly anyone working in agronomy is going to perform better if they know and understand more of the fundamentals. This course develops precisely that knowledge and understanding.