Fundamentals in Applied Agronomy

Course Overview

Fundamentals in Applied Agronomy An introductory agronomy course offered by the American Society of Agronomy.

This course is divided into four modules:

  • Soil and Water Management,
  • Crop Management,
  • Nutrient Management and
  • Pest Management.

Each module contains 3 lessons. Lectures are approximately two hours. To maximize learning, participants will be expected to spend time reading and studying outside of the recorded lesson. Fundamentals in Applied Agronomy is an introductory crops and soils course designed for the practitioner hoping to build their knowledge and skills in the topics that are most needed for a Certified Crop Adviser. Topics include basic soil physical and biological characteristics, resource conservation, irrigation, drainage, water quality, soil and tissue analysis and interpretation, fertilizers and other nutrient sources, soil pH and liming, pest identification, sampling, and control, cropping systems, planting practices, crop growth and development, harvest, storage, and managing production risk, among many others.

The course is taught using distance education technology, but a variety of practical examples and case situations will be woven into content delivery to maximize understanding and its application in the field. Whether you are personally involved in production agriculture, advising farmers as an agricultural retailer or consultant, a representative for an agricultural business or government agency, or just looking to build your expertise, this course will cover topics that should be of direct interest to you. While this course is not designed to teach a student how to take the Certified Crop Adviser exams or to cover all the topics included in local or International performance objectives, it will complement an individual’s preparation in becoming a Certified Crop Adviser or Certified Professional Agronomist.

Course Objectives

Upon completion the learner should have a fundamental knowledge of soil and water, nutrient management, pest management, and crop management.

Course Content

Soil and Water Management

  • Orientation
  • Soil Chemical, Physical and Biological Characteristics
  • Site Characterization, Soil Conservation, Residue Management
  • Water and Solute Movement, Soil/Plant Water Relations, Irrigation and Drainage

Crop Management

  • Cropping Systems, Tillage, Hybrid and Variety Selection
  • Seed Quality, Planting Practices, Crop Growth, Development, and Diagnostics
  • Harvest and Storage, Managing Production Risk, Precision Farming

Nutrient Management

  • Basic Concepts of Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility, The Nitrogen Cycle, Soil pH
  • Liming and Soil Amendments; Fertilizers, Manure, & Other Nutrient Sources; Fertilizer Additives
  • Soil and Tissue Analysis, Fertilizer Calculations, Nutrient Application

Pest Management

  • Principles of Integrated Pest Management, Identification of Insects, Weeds & Diseases
  • Pest Sampling and Monitoring, Decision Making Guidelines, Pesticide Modes of Action
  • Pest Management Strategies, Resistance Management, Pesticide Application and Safety

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos.

Target Audience

Fundamentals in Applied Agronomy is an introductory crops and soils course designed for the practitioner hoping to build their knowledge and skills in the topics that are most needed for a Certified Crop Adviser.

Duration

5 Days (08:30–14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch.