Agronomy II – Grains

Duration: 100 hours
Category: Statement of Attainment

Learn to grow cereals, pulses and pseudo grains with this online agronomy course.

Learn to Grow Grain Crops

 

This course discusses cereals, pulses (e.g. beans), and pseudo grains (e.g. quinoa).

  • Learn about a wide variety of different grains
  • Make better choices about what species and cultivars to grow
  • Grow better crops using better techniques for better harvests

This course discusses cereals, pulses (e.g. beans), and pseudo grains (e.g. quinoa).

Grains are a major part of farming world wide – and a very significant food for both human and animal consumption. This is a very large industry, that encompasses not only the most common grains (e.g. wheat and rice), but also many dozens of other grain crops (e.g. amaranth and soybeans).

Large scale production of grains is carried out around the world on very large farms, with a high degree of mechanisation. Much of the world’s staple foods are produced this way. This is by no means the only way grains can be grown though.

Whether you grow grains on a small or large scale success always depends on the following requirements:

  • good quality seed, with high germination rate
  • protect seeds against pests and disease
  • prepare seedbed well
  • adequate nutrition in soil
  • timely sowing – temperature, moisture and climatic conditions suitable

Aims

  • 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.

Who can benefit from this course?

  • Farmers and farm workers
  • Farm equipment and service suppliers
  • Agriculture students and professionals
  • Small farm or hobby farm owners considering new “niche” crops
  • Livestock owners/managers, wanting to produce animal feeds

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Key Details:

Location : This is an online course
Duration : 100 hours
Contact Phone : 07 5562 1088
Online Course: Yes
Funding Available: No

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