AGRI4401 Advanced Crop Production Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
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 precision agriculture technology can be used in rainfed cropping systems to meet these challenges. This concept is 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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment on creating management zones; (2) assignment on soil mapping with electromagnetic induction; and (3) Test/Exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kenneth Flower
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems (formerly SCIE3314 Agricultural Systems)
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days in July
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-2_2019]
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