Commercial Vegetable Production
hi there i am interestd to have online agriculture course, i have cleared my higher secondary level in which course of agriculture can i enroll. Actually i am looking for vegetable farming course if you have any. And one more thing i want to know what documents do i need to enroll in that course.Can i have full detail of my documents please. i look forward hearing from you soon. thankyou.
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Commercial Vegetable Production
Commercial Vegetable Production course online. Learn about growing vegetables with this excellent online distance learning course.
A good definition of a vegetable is "any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food: e.g. tomato, bean, beet, potato, carrot, onion, asparagus, spinach, and cauliflower".....Dictionary.com
Vegetables are very important to maintaining a well balanced diet in human nutrition, being low in carbs and fat, but high in vitamins, minerals and other dietary fibres. They can be consumed both raw and cooked and are part of the "5 a day" recommended for healthy living, by nutritionists.
Growing vegetables for a profit is much easier when the grower has acquired the basics to production techniques. Planning, planting, soil management, greenhouse production, pest and weed management, harvesting and post-harvesting techniques, to name just some of what is needed, are all important, for a successful and profitable crop.
Learn everything you need to know by taking this Vegetable growing programme. With unlimited tutor support, you will gain an expert knowledge of producing vegetables for profit, that you can apply to the work place. If you want to start your own business growing and selling vegetables, this is the course for you. If you are a farmer or farm worker, wanting to maxamise your commercial vegetable production potential, then this course will also benefit you.
Learning Goals: Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
- Select appropriate vegetable varieties for different situations.
- Explain general cultural practices used for vegetable production.
- Explain the management of potential problems, including pests, diseases, weeds, and environmental disorders, in vegetable production.
- Explain alternative cultural techniques, including greenhouse and hydroponic production, for vegetables.
- Determine specific cultural practices for selected vegetable varieties.
- Determine the harvesting, and post-harvest treatment of different vegetables.
- Develop marketing strategies for different vegetables.
Lesson Structure: Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
There are 8 lessons:
1 Introduction to Vegetable Growing
- Making the farm Pay
- Understanding economic principles - supply and demand, scale of economy, etc.
- Planning for the farm
- Production planning
- Financial planning and management
- Land care and land management
- Personal welfare
- Risk management - spreading risk, quality management, contingency planning, liquidity
- Creating a sustainable farm enterprise
- Planning for sustainability
- Planning for drought
- Crop selection
- Alternating crops, broad acre or row crops
- Growing Brassicas -Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Pak Choi, Broccoli, Radish, Turnip
- Growing Legumes -Beans, Broad Beans, Peas
- Growing Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes
Cultural Practices for Vegetables
- Explain general cultural practices used for vegetable production.
- Crop rotation
- Plant foods
- Cover Crops
- Legumes and inoculation
- Growing various cover crops -Barley, Buckwheat, Canola, Lucerne, Field pea, Lupins, Oats, Sorgham, Clover, etc.
- Ways of using a cover crop
- Cultivation techniques
- Crop Scheduling
- Planting Vegetables -seed, hybrid seed, storing seed, sowing seed
- Understanding Soils
- Dealing with Soil Problems
- Plant nutrition and feeding
3 Pest, Disease & Weed Control
- Weed control -hand weeding, mechanical, chemical and biological weed control methods
- Integrated Pest Management
- Non chemical pest control
- Understanding Pesticide labels
- Understanding the law in relation to agricultural chemicals
- Plant Pathology introduction
- Understanding Fungi
- Understanding insects, virus and other pathogens
- Insect control -quarantine, clean far5ming, chemicals, biological controls
- Review of common diseases
- Review common pests
- Review common environmental problems
- Review common weeds
Hydroponic & Greenhouse Growing
- Introduction to hydroponics
- Types of systems
- Nutrient solutions
- NFT and other systems for vegetable production
- Growing in a greenhouse (in the ground or hydroponics)
- Components of a Greenhouse System
- Types of Greenhouses and common greenhouse designs (venlo, mansard, wide span, multi span, poly tunnel, Sawtooth, Retractable roof, etc)
- Shade houses, Cold Frames
- Environmental Control -heating, ventilation, lighting, etc
- Controlling moisture (misting, fog, etc)
- Review of various vegetables - Cucurbits (Cucumber, Melon, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Zucchini)
Growing Selected Vegetable Varieties
- Determine specific cultural practices for selected vegetable varieties.
- Tropical Vegetables - Sweet Potato and Taro
- Less common vegetables - Globe Artichoke, Jerusalem Artichoke, Asparagus, Chicory, Endive, Garlic, Leek, Okra, Rhubarb
- Other Crops -Beetroot (Red Beet), Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Parsnip, Spinach
- Water and Irrigation
- Internal Drainage
- Flood, Sprinkler and Trickle irrigation
- The objective of irrigation
- Transpiration and Wilting Point
- When to irrigate Timing irrigations
- Detecting water deficiency or excess
- Understanding soil moisture
- Pumps, sprinklers and other equipment
- Water hammer
- Improving Drainage
- Managing erosion
Harvest & Post-Harvest
- Introduction to harvesting
- Post harvest treatment of vegetables
- Cooling harvested produce
- Harvesting tips
- Storing vegetables
- Standards for cost efficiency, quality and quantity
- Options for Marketing Produce
- Market Research
- How to sell successfully
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.
- Compile a resource file of sources of information regarding vegetable varieties.
- Describe the classification of different vegetables into major groups.
- Prepare a collection of plant reviews of different vegetable varieties.
- Determine three appropriate cultivars from each of different species of vegetables to be grown on a specified site.
- Prepare a planting schedule of vegetable varieties, to be planted over a twelve month period, in your locality.
- Differentiate between soil management practices for different vegetable varieties.
- Explain the establishment of vegetables by seed.
- Explain how to establish three different vegetables from seedlings.
- Prepare a table or chart showing the planting distances, and planting depth of seed for different vegetable varieties.
- Describe the application of pruning techniques to the production of specified vegetables.
- Prepare a crop schedule (ie. production timetable) for a specified vegetable crop.
- Prepare a pressed weed collection of different weeds.
- Differentiate between different specific techniques for weed control in vegetable crops, including different chemical and different non-chemical methods.
- Determine pest and disease problems common to different specified types of vegetables.
- Identify appropriate control methods for the pest and disease problems you determined (above).
- Develop pest and disease control programs, for the lifespans of different vegetables.
- Determine the environmental disorders occurring with vegetable crops inspected by you.
- Explain the methods that can be used to prevent and/or overcome different environmental disorders affecting vegetables.
- Determine the potential benefits of greenhouse vegetable production in a specified locality.
- Differentiate between the characteristics of different types of greenhouses.
- Compare vegetable growing applications for different environmental control mechanisms used in greenhouses, including:
- Different types of heaters
- Different types of coolers
- Describe how a specified commercial vegetable crop might be grown in a greenhouse visited by you.
- Compare vegetable growing applications for the major types of hydroponic systems
- Open and closed systems
- Aeroponic culture
- Determine reasons for choosing to grow vegetables in hydroponics rather than in the open ground.
- Explain how a specified vegetable can be grown in an hydroponic system.
- Determine two commercially viable varieties suited to growing in a specified locality, from each of the following different types of vegetables:
- Determine specific cultural requirements for growing each of the vegetable varieties selected (above) on a specified site.
- Describe the culture of less commonly grown vegetables chosen by you.
- Produce a log book, recording all work undertaken to grow a crop of different vegetable varieties, suited to your locality.
- Describe different harvesting methods, including both manual and mechanical techniques, used in vegetable production, for specified vegetables.
- Identify the appropriate stage of growth at which different types of vegetables should be harvested.
- Evaluate commonly used harvesting techniques of vegetables.
- Evaluate commonly used post-harvest treatments of vegetables.
- Determine post-harvest treatments to slow the deterioration of different specified vegetables.
- Develop guidelines for post harvest handling, during storage, transportation and marketing, of a specified vegetable variety.
- Analyse vegetable marketing systems in your locality.
- Explain the importance of produce standards to marketing in different vegetable marketing systems.
- Explain the impact of quarantine regulations on transport of different types of vegetables, in your locality.
- Explain an appropriate procedure for packaging a specified vegetable for long distance transport.
- Develop marketing strategies for different specified vegetables.
Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Susan Stephenson and Andy Patterson. Your course fee includes unlimited support throughout from one these outstanding teachers.
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;
Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal.
Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.
Excerpt from the Course
Hydroponics: an introduction
Hydroponics is the process used to grow plants without soil and literally word means ‘working water’. The grower is taking ‘control’ of the plant's root environment and losing the benefit of ‘mother nature's’ finely tuned mechanisms which normally control that part of the plant's environment.
Hydroponics is not an easier way to grow plants. It is a more controlled way of growing plants!
Growing in hydroponics can offer the following advantages:
- It can reduce the physical work involved in growing.
- It can reduce the amount of water used in growing.
- It can save on space - more can be grown in the same area.
There are six basic types of hydroponic systems:
- Water Culture
- Ebb and Flow (or flood and drain system)
- Drip (with either a recovery or non recovery process)
- NFT (Nutrient Film Technique)
Over time the basic models have evolved and resulted in hundreds of different variations.
The Wick System
This is passive with no moving parts, and is also the simplest type of hydroponic system. The nutrient solution is drawn into the growing medium from the reservoir with a wick. The grower using this system can use a variety of growing medium such as perlite, vermiculite, coconut fibre, and so on. However, large plants tend to draw and use the nutrient water at a faster rate than the wick can supply it
The Water Culture System
This is the simplest active system to use. A styrofoam platform floating on the nutrient solution holds the plants. Oxygen is supplied to the roots of the plants through a bubbling air stone that is attached to an air pump. Water culture is the system is most often used for leafy vegetables such as lettuce that require fast growth and ample water. It is not suitable for most other plants that require a longer growing period.
The Ebb and Flow System
This is a versatile system that floods the grow tray with the nutrient solution for a short period and then drains the solution back into the reservoir using a submerged pump and timer. The timer cuts in several times a day and as it cuts in, the nutrient solution washes onto the tray. As it cuts out, the solution drains back into a reservoir. The frequency is dictated by the type of plants being grown and the growing medium used. Several types of growing mediums such as perlite, rockwool, gravel, or grow rocks can be used in this system. It is advisable to use a medium with greater water retention abilities such as rockwool as the incidence of root dehydration during power outages is lessened.
These are simple to operate, very widely used, and the most popular system worldwide. A submersed pump is controlled by a timer and when the timer turns on the nutrient solution drips onto the base of each plant using a drip line. There are two types of drip systems:
- The Recovery System - where the excess (drained off) nutrient solution is recovered in a reservoir and then recycled. This system uses a less expensive (and less precise) timer than the following system. It is more efficient in that it recycles nutrients and due to this does not need to be as precise as the non-recovery system. However, this system needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that the nutrient solution does not vary too much in pH and strength due to the recycling process.
- The Non-Recovery System - where the excess nutrient solution is not collected or recycled. It needs to be more precise than the former system to ensure that the plant gets the correct level of nutrient solution and that the runoff is kept to a minimum. This system does not need the same level of maintenance as the former system as the nutrient solution is not recycled so pH and nutrient levels should always be correct.
These do not use a growing medium but instead the plants are supported by a basket and the roots dangle in the nutrient solution. There is a constant flow of nutrient solution which means that no timer is required for the submersible pump. The nutrient solution is pumped into the growing tray using a tube where it flows over the roots of the plants, and then drains back into the reservoir. This is an inexpensive method as it does not require the expense of replacing the growing medium for each successive crop. Roots dry out rapidly, however, during power outages or equipment failure when the supply of nutrient solution is interrupted.
The Aeroponic System
This is probably the most high-tech type of hydroponic gardening. Once again, like the previous system, the plants are suspended in the air. The root system is periodically (every few minutes) misted with the nutrient solution using a timer and nutrient pump on a short cycle for a few seconds at a time. Due to root exposure in this system they can dry out rapidly during power outages or equipment failure.
EBook to compliment this course
A complete guide and reference book for the entrepreneurial farmer ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
By John Mason
Profitable Farming shows that for the farmer who is willing to think laterally and has planned ahead, there are many new opportunities for making money from the land –whether by changing the core business of a farm or simply diversifying for extra income and security.
The book features a comprehensive survey of new enterprise possibilities, but more importantly, it explains why change might be warranted and how to change with the minimum of risk.
Topics covered include:
- Specialized crops and livestock;
- Farm tourism;
- Reducing costs through self-sufficiency and energy conservation;
- Long-term planning and management of resources;
- Value adding to produce;
- Dealing with degraded land;
- Working with climate change;
John Mason is a qualified horticulturalist, the founder and principal of the Australian Correspondence Schools and is author of many successful gardening, farming and horticultural books published by Kangaroo Press. He is also author of Sustainable Agriculture published by Landlinks Press.
Chapter 1 : Introduction
Creative ideas for profitable farming; What has changed; How to adapt/secrets of success
Chapter 2 : Solutions to Beat the Economic Squeeze
Spending less; Self sufficiency; Making decisions; The basic essentials; Basic non-essentials; Preserving & processing your food; Vegetables you can freeze; Harvesting & preserving; Drying; Energy use & conservation; Energy conservation techniques; Renewable energy sources compared; Some more on wind power; Using firewood
Chapter 3 : Making the Farm Pay
Conservation and management of resources for long term sustainability; Native vegetation and farms; Important reasons for using trees; Landcare programs; Sharing equipment; Rehabilitation; Hostile environments; Water management
Chapter 4 : Alternative Enterprises
New enterprises; Overcoming limitations; Some ideas for new enterprises; Some selected enterprises to consider in greater detail; Viticulture; What to plant; Setting up; Sesame seed; Mung beans; Plant fibre crops; Nuts; Cut flowers and foliage; Organic farming; Agroforestry; Hydroponics; Herbs; Essential oils; Methods of extracting essential oils; Farming medicinal herbs; Cultivation of herbs; Broad acre cultivation; Traditional plant row spacings; Expected yields of selected herbs; Postharvest handling of herbs; Deer; Ostriches; Emus; Alpacas and llamas; Goats; Aquaculture; Horse industry applications; Value adding; Farm tourism; Services you could or should offer
Chapter 5 : Towards Better Planning
A way of thinking; Economic principles; Scale of economies; Change or die; A planning procedure; Decisions; Plan drawing of the farm; Risk; Quality systems; Contingency planning; Liquidity; Financial records; Controlling growth
|Course Start||Anytime, Anywhere|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Commercial Vegetable Production|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||3 Credit Hours|
|Study 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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