UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

AGRI4401 Advanced Crop Production Science

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content Global agriculture needs to feed an increasing world population while also facing climate variability, increased input costs and environmental sustainability issues. In this unit students learn how modern precision agriculture technology can be used in rainfed cropping systems to meet these challenges. This concept based on observing, measuring and responding to variability in crop growth and yield in the field. The unit consists of lectures, practicals and a full day field trip.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand how precision agriculture technology can be used to optimise crop growth and yields and resource-use efficiency; (2) assess and use soil and crop data to produce maps that show variability in the field and produce potential management zones; and (3) have a sound knowledge of how models such as Yield Prophet can be used to improve decision making during the season, to make more efficient use of inputs as well as improve crop yield and quality.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) test; (2) spatial mapping exercises; and (3) modelling exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Kenneth Flower
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study: SCIE3314 Agricultural Systems or equivalent
Contact hours total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days in July
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/AGRI4401/TS-TP-2/2017

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