There are many products grown from oil crops that serve various purposes, from food production to biofuels and cosmetics. These oils are in high demand globally, with more than 200 million metric tons of edible oils produced every year! This agronomy course is ideal for farmers, as well as farm suppliers and service providers.
Certificate of Agronomy – Oil Crops is an online professional development course that will show you how edible and industrial oils are extracted from crops.
In this agronomy course, you will learn the fundamentals of how to grow successful oil crops, diversify farm crops, and farm canola, rapeseed and olives for oil production.
You will also learn agronomic farming and production of edible oils, cosmetic and medicinal oils, industrial and biofuel applications, and how to formulate a plan for developing and managing a plant oil production enterprise.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundational understanding of how to farm oil crops.
Unit - Agronomy V - Oil Crops
Unit 1 – Nature & scope of oil crops
What are plant oils?
Plant oil crops & uses
Vegetable oil uses
Edible vegetable oils
Other edible oils
Industrial vegetable oils
Essential oil uses
Economic value of oil crops
What crops can be grown where?
Unit 2 – Oil extraction
Oil seed processing
Cold press extraction
Other processing methods
Microwave-assisted extraction (MAE)
Ultrasonic-assisted extraction (UAE)
Unit 3 – Canola and rapeseed
Characteristics of canola
Diseases (Blackleg, Sclerotinia, Alternaria leaf and pod spot)
Direct combine harvesting
Unit 4 – Olive oil
Characteristics of olive oil
Unit 5 – Other edible oils
Soil water available to plants
Slope of the topography
Natural soil drainage
Maintaining good soil structure
Growing edible oil crops
Sunflowers (helianthus annuus)
Flax/linseed (linum usitatissimum)
Soybean/soya bean (glycine max)
Peanuts (arachis hypogaea)
Unit 6 – Herbal and pharmaceutical oils
Pros and cons of herbal medicine & nutraceuticals
Processing Essential Oils
General guidelines for growing herbs for essential oils
Improved herbs and essential oils
Proven benefits of agronomic mulching and crop growing
Growing select crops for cosmetic or pharmaceutical oils
Avocado (persea americana)
Mint (mentha arvensis)
Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)
Blackcurrant (ribes nigrum)
Passionfruit (passiflora edulis)
Unit 7 – Biofuel and other industrial oils
Vegetable oils and genetic modification
Extraction of oils from plants
Oil palm trees
Novel fatty acids
Chemical and biotechnological transformations of basic industrial oils
Key targets for future industrial oil crops
Unusual fatty acids
Growing select crops for biofuels and other industrial uses
Poppy (papaver somniferum)
Castor bean (ricinus communis)
Camelina (camelina sativa)
Crambe (crambe abyssinica)
Unit 8 – Issues, Risks, Optimising success
Entrepreneurial skills of farmers
Developing a farming business plan
Goals and mission
Labour and machinery
Integrated pest management
Integrated weed management
Unit 9 – Product development and management
Oilseed production and extraction yields
Canola (Brassica napus L.)
Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.)
Camelina (Camelina sativa L.)
Yellow mustard (Sinapis alba L.)
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)
Oil fatty acid composition and biodiesel
Oil extraction and biodiesel processing
Cost of oil extraction
On-farm oil seed processing
Harvesting and seed cleaning
Oil Seed Processing Facility
Variable and fixed production costs
On-Farm Oil Seed Processing
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.