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Agronomy III (Root Crop Production) 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BAG310
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Agronomy III (Root Crop Production) 100 Hours Certificate Course

Agronomy III - Root Crop Production online - BAG301: Agronomics is the science of plant and soil management, applied to the growing of various crops including: Grains, Pulses, Psuedo-grains, (covered in our Agronomy II course) and Root Crops, covered in this distance learning programme. 

Profitable and successful farming today, depends on agronomists bringing a number of key stages of the plant/harvest cycle together. An Agronomist therefore needs to have skills in soil management, plus knowledge of the best time to plant specific crops and their nutritional requirements. He or she will also need to know how to manage pest and weed problems, when to harvest and how to ensure longevity post-harvest, so that as much produce gets to market as possible.

Study this online vegetable growing course in your own time and from the comfort of your home via distance learning, for your continuing professional development or to help you change your career. Root Crop Production online will be an invaluable addition to your skills set if you are:

  • A Farmer (large or small)
  • A Farmworker
  • A Smallholder
  • An enthusiastic amateur vegetable grower with an allotment or large garden

The course is ideal for anywhere in the world, as it can be targeted to your own geographical area. Therefore, it will provide vital skills for a small independent farmer, totally reliant on maximising their crop yield for their livelihood.

Each lesson will increase your knowledge in the different aspects of agronomy and the most popular root crops including:

  • Potatoes
  • The Carrot Family
  • The Turnip Family
  • Beets
  • Taro
  • Yams
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Other root Crops

Agronomy III will teach you where to plant, when to plant, how to look after your crops, when and how to harvest them and how to achieve longevity after you have harvested them.


Learning Goals: Agronomy III (Root Crop Production):
  • 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.


Lesson Structure: Agronomy III (Root Crop Production):

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1  Scope and Nature of Root Cropping and the Botany of Roots

  • Introduction
  • What are Root Vegetables?
  • Human Nutrition and Root Vegetables
  • Botany of Roots

2  Cultural Practices A: Soil Management, Crop Scheduling and Soil Water

  • General Guide to Growing Root Vegetables
  • Improving Soils
  • Sampling Soils
  • Cover Crops
  • Cultivation Techniques
  • Soil Fertility and Growth
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Choosing the Right Feriliser
  • Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
  • Should you have your Soil Laboratory Tested?
  • A Look at Organic Fertilisers
  • Compost
  • Growing Root Crops from Seeds
  • Crop Scheduling
  • Planting Vegetables
  • Soil and Water
  • Types of Soil Moisture
  • Suggested Reading

3  Cultural Practices B: Weed control, Pest Management

  • Weeds and Weed Management (Root Crops)
  • Methods of Weed Control
  • Safety Procedures When Using Agricultural Chemicals
  • Law in Relation to Chemical Use
  • Pest and Diseases Management (Root Crops)
  • Entomology
  • Toxicity
  • IPM
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Plant Viruses
  • Pests
  • Environmental Problems

4  Potatoes

  • Growing Conditions
  • Nutrient Requirements
  • Planting
  • Care
  • Watering
  • How to Extend the Storage Life of Potatoes
  • Potato Cultivars

5  Carrots and their Relatives

  • Introduction
  • Carrot
  • Parsnip
  • Bulb Fennel
  • Turnip Routed Chervil
  • Skirret
  • Celriac

6  Turnips and their Relatives

  • Introduction
  • Turnip
  • Rutabaga (Swede)
  • Radish
  • Daikon
  • Kohlrabi

7  Beets

  • Growing Conditions
  • Planting/ Propagation
  • Nutrient Requirements
  • Harvest and Post-Harvest
  • Varieties
  • Uses

8  Taro, Yams and Sweet Potato

  • Sweet Potato
  • Yams
  • Chinese Yam
  • Taro

9  Other Root Crops

  • Salsify
  • Scorconera (Black Salsify)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Potato Bean
  • Arrowroot
  • Oca (New Zealand Yam)
  • Dandelion
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Yacon or Jicama
  • Root Chicory
  • Ullico
  • American Groundnut

10 Harvest and Post-Harvest Management

  • Harvesting Root Vegetables: Harvesting Hints, Curing, Post-Harvest Treatment of Vegetables
  • Cooling: Room Cooling with Forced Air, Water (Hydro) Cooling, Icing, Vacuum Cooling, Evaporative Cooling, Storage requirement of some root crops  


Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


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Course Prerequisite None, although completion of Agronomy 1 would be helpful - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
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