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Advanced Certificate in Agronomy

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Advanced Certificate in Agronomy

Advanced Certificate in Agronomy AGR003:  When we go to the supermarket to buy our weekly shop, the bread, fruit, vegetables, tea and coffee that we put into our shopping trolley, are all the end result of agronomic techniques employed by the grower. And it doesn't stop there; agronomists also play a crucial part in the production of clothing fibres, turf grass for sport and even ethanol-based gas used in some motor vehicles.

So what is Agronomy? Agronomy is the science applied to bringing all the different aspects of growing crops together, to increase crop yield and so maximise profit. It includes:

  • Good soil management
  • Where, when and how to grow specific crops
  • Which crops will suit the environmental conditions
  • Their Nutritional requirements
  • Effective pest and weed control
  • When and how to harvest
  • How to ensure longevity post-harvest, so as much produce gets to market as possible

This online Advanced Certificate program studied via distance learning, will help you to become an expert agronomist and empower you with skills that are a valuable commodity in the agricultural and farming industry.

  • Agronomy I will get you started with a solid grounding in agronomic techniques.
  • Agronomy II will teach you how to successfully grow grains, pulses and pseudo-grains such as rice.
  • Agronomy III will deal with root crops, such as potatoes, carrots, beets and turnips.
  • Agricultural Marketing will give you the knowledge and skills needed  to market your harvest and get the best price for it.

This course will be ideal for anyone wanting to forge a career in agronomy, or already doing so. It will also be suitable for governments, charities and others working in developing countries, who want to teach the techniques they will learn from completing it, to small farmers.


Learning Goals: Advanced Certificate in Agronomy AGR003:

Agronomy I

  • Develop your understanding and confidently describe the nature and scope of agronomic practices within your country and others
  • Discuss what is grown, where it is grown and the diversity of practices used to grow a wide range of crops
  • Learn how to identify factors that affect the success of a crop; including soil condition, climate factors and biological influences such as pests and diseases
  • Clearly desribe significant practices used by farmers in the growing of an agronomic crop; including the management of soils, water, cultivations and crop protection
  • Explain how to achieve successful seed germination for different agronomic crops under different conditions in the field
  • Discuss practices used to farm cereals for harvest and sale as cash crops
  • Discuss practices used to farm broadleaf crops for harvest and sale as cash crops
  • Understand the use of different harvesting equipment and techniques including post harvest handling for a range of different crops
  • Demonstrate your knowledge by producing a management plan for a crop from planting to post harvest handling

Agronomy II

  • Classify important existing and emerging grains or cereals grown around the world and explain the production systems both large and small scale, used for growing, harvesting and storing grains in different countries.
  • Describe important farm structures, equipment, vehicles, supplies and natural resources required for successful production of cereal/grain crops
  • Describe and compare the properties and production systems of the major ‘cool season’ cereals, namely: wheat, triticale, spelt, barley, oats and rye.
  • Describe and compare the properties and production systems of the major ‘warm season’ cereals, namely: maize, sorghum and millet
  • Describe the four main broad habitats where rice is grown and explain the variety of production systems used within these different habitats.
  • Explain and compare the production systems and uses of important cool and warm season pulse crops grown around the world.
  • Describe production of ‘non-grasses’ that are existing or emerging as important‘cereals’, such as chia, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.
  • Explain post harvest storage and processing methods used for cereals for human consumption and examine the various sales procedures used.
  • Describe the production of important warm and cool season grasses used for forage and stock feed
  • Describe the storage, processing and sale of cereals used for livestock and demonstrate the calculation of some sample stock rations

Agronomy III

  • Describe root vegetables, their variations and nutritional value and the morphological internal and external structures of roots
  • Outline the cultural practices needed to produce vegetable crops
  • Outline methods of weed and pest management and the use and range of specialised machinery used in root crop production
  • Outline the cultural requirements and growing techniques for potatoes.
  • Outline the cultural requirements and growing techniques for carrots and their relatives
  • Outline the cultural requirements and growing techniques for turnips and their relatives
  • Outline the cultural requirements and growing techniques for beets and their relatives
  • Outline the cultural requirements and growing techniques for Yams, Taro and Sweet Potato
  • Outline the cultural requirements and growing techniques for a range of other root crops not studied earlier this course
  • Describe the harvest and post-harvest requirements of root vegetable crops

Agricultural Marketing

  • Explain the role of marketing in business and the importance of marketing in the business plan
  • Assess the relative importance of marketing planning and to determine marketing strategies in relation to farming
  • Identify target markets to select suitable marketing methods
  • Explain the physical handling of products in the marketing process, including packaging, labelling, presentation and transportation
  • Plan to maintain sound customer relations in an agricultural business
  • Conduct market research into a product or service in the agricultural industry
  • Plan to manage the promotional program for an agricultural business
  • Develop strategies to manage the marketing of an agricultural enterprise


Lesson Structure: Advanced Certificate in Agronomy AGR003:

Agronomy I

  1. Introduction to Agronomic Practices
  2. Culture - What influences Crop Growth?
  3. Crop Husbandry Practices
  4. Seed and Seed Management
  5. Arable Cereal Crops
  6. Arable Broadleaf Crops
  7. Harvesting
  8. Crop Management - Special Report

Agronomy II

  1. Introduction to grains
  2. Cereal/grain infrastructure and machinery requirements
  3. Wheat, triticale, spelt, barley, oats, rye
  4. Maize, Sorghum, millet
  5. Rice
  6. Pulse crops
  7. Pseudo cereals
  8. Processing grains for human consumption
  9. Grains for livestock consumption

Agronomy III

  1. Scope and Nature of Root Cropping and the Botany of Roots
  2. Cultural Practices A: Soil Management, Crop Scheduling and Soil Water
  3. Cultural Practices B: Weed control, Pest Management
  4. Potatoes
  5. Carrots and their Relatives
  6. Turnips and their Relatives
  7. Beets
  8. Taro, Yams and Sweet Potato
  9. Other Root Crops
  10. Harvest and Post-Harvest Management

Agricultural Marketing

  1. Agricultural Marketing Concepts
  2. Farm Marketing Objectives and Strategies
  3. Target Marketing
  4. Market Segmentation
  5. Customer Relations
  6. Market Research
  7. Promotions
  8. Managing Marketing



Popular Agronomy Links:

Click on the links below to learn about how agronomy affects the world. They are for information purposes only and ADL neither agrees or disagrees with any of their content.

Helping farmers find their own solutions - Ken Giller

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Course Info
Course Hours400 hours approx. Work at your own pace
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course PrerequisiteNone
Course QualificationLevel 4 Advanced Certificate in Agronomy
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits40 credits
US Course Credit Hours12 credit hours
Study SupportStudy Support: You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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