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AGR2303 Agronomy

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2022

Overview

Continued crop production is critical to the health of the Australian economy. It is essential that individuals supporting the agricultural industries are familiar with the principles and methods of production of the major field crops, pasture plants and horticultural species used in Australian farming systems. Such knowledge and associated critical and creative thinking agriculture graduates will require to ensure that crop productivity continues in a landscape with increasing constrained biophysical resources. Knowledge of the impacts of cropping practices on soil, water and other species will also be important so graduates can contribute to the sustainability of the broader agricultural landscape. Understanding the pressures facing food producers in ensuring sufficient, safe and nutritious food for world populations will prepare graduates for the future opportunities and challenges in the agricultural sphere.

This course outlines the characteristics and growing approaches of the main plant species used in Australian farming systems. The characteristics of field crops, pasture plants and horticultural species are outlined. Land preparation, planting approaches, fertiliser use and irrigation systems are also detailed. The major biological threats to crop health are discussed including weeds, microbial diseases and insect and vertebrate pests. The impacts of cropping on environmental health are explored. The course finishes with an exploration of food security in the 21st century.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 20 May 2022