BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy (Agriculture)Moulton College
BASIS Foundation Award in Agronomy (Agriculture)
The course provides a sound introduction to agronomy, integrated crop protection and crop nutrition.
Suitability - Who should attend?
- Stand alone course for delegates who do not give agronomy or crop protection advice but require a level of understanding of crop agronomy appropriate for their work. This diverse group includes some farm staff, quality assurance officers, machinery manufacturer personnel and others.
- With some or limited crop experience and knowledge who are considering doing the Basis Certificate in Crop Protection (Agriculture or Vegetables) or for those who just want to have a recognised qualification in agronomy.
Training Course Content
Ability to recognise the most important grass and broad-leaved species, and have a basic understanding of the biology, importance and integrated control of weeds.
Ability to recognise the main pest and beneficial animal types, and have a basic understanding of the biology, importance and integrated control of pests.
Ability to recognise the main types of crop diseases, and have a basic understanding of the biology, importance and integrated control of plant pathogens.
Soil and crop nutrition
Ability to recognise the main soil types and have a basic understanding of soil texture, soil structure, pH and plant nutrition.
Plant protection chemicals and fertiliser products
Ability to explain the way in which plant protection and fertiliser products are categorised and, to demonstrate some understanding of the practical importance of the chemical and physical properties of products.
Protecting people, animals and the environment
Ability to explain the best practices employed by operators, farmers, advisors and product manufacturers to keep people, animals and the environment safe.
Application of plant protection products and fertilisers
Ability to state the key issues in effective and responsible use of plant protection products and fertilisers.
The qualification, awarded to those successful in the examination, would be of particular value to those whom this may be the end point in agronomy training. It would also encourage those considering progression to other courses such as the Basis Certificate in Crop Protection and Facts.
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