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Learn About Agronomy
Agronomy Online Course
Agronomy is the science applied to bring all the different aspects of growing crops together, to increase crop yield and so maximise profit.
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? 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.
Lesson Structure: Advanced Certificate in Agronomy AGR003:
- Introduction to Agronomic Practices
- Culture – What influences Crop Growth?
- Crop Husbandry Practices
- Seed and Seed Management
- Arable Cereal Crops
- Arable Broadleaf Crops
- Crop Management – Special Report
- Introduction to grains
- Cereal/grain infrastructure and machinery requirements
- Wheat, triticale, spelt, barley, oats, rye
- Maize, Sorghum, millet
- Pulse crops
- Pseudo cereals
- Processing grains for human consumption
- Grains for livestock consumption
- Scope and Nature of Root Cropping and the Botany of Roots
- Cultural Practices A: Soil Management, Crop Scheduling and Soil Water
- Cultural Practices B: Weed control, Pest Management
- Carrots and their Relatives
- Turnips and their Relatives
- Taro, Yams and Sweet Potato
- Other Root Crops
- Harvest and Post-Harvest Management
- Agricultural Marketing Concepts
- Farm Marketing Objectives and Strategies
- Target Marketing
- Market Segmentation
- Customer Relations
- Market Research
- Managing Marketing
Learning Goals: Advanced Certificate in Agronomy AGR003:
- 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 describe 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
- 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 the 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
- 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
- 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
Practical (Set Tasks)
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Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
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Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
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Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,