Agronomy primarily relates to the biological and physical factors related to field crop production. This course is ideal for those involved in the agriculture sector – from farmers, agricultural suppliers and farm product agents – to agricultural students and professionals like educators, research scientists and plant breeders.
The Certificate of Agronomy is an online program that will teach you how to grow grain, oil and fibre crops on a broad acre farm, and understand the nature and scope of a range of agronomic practices around the world.
In this professional development course, you will learn how to identify factors and practices that affect crop success and learn how to achieve seed germination for different crops under different conditions in the field.
You will also study the practices used to farm cereals and broadleaf crops for sale as cash crops, understand the different harvesting techniques and equipment used, and use your knowledge to produce a successful crop management plan.
On completion of this course, farmers will broaden their understanding of land usage, and those in the agricultural industry will gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by clients, customers and colleagues.
INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMIC PRACTICES
Plant structure and function
Selection criteria for plants
CULTURE – WHAT INFLUENCES CROP GROWTH
Problems with soils
Loss of soil problems
Soil acidity and alkalinity
CROP HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
Ways to control weeds
Chemical crop protection
Preparing plant pathogens for microscopic observation
Natural pest and disease control
Organic sprays and dusts
SEED AND SEED MANAGEMENT
Types of seed storage
Seed vigour testing
Dormancy factors affecting germination
Types of media
Media derived from rock or stone
Media derived from synthetic materials
Salinty build up
ARABLE CEREAL CROPS
Hay and silage
Storage and handling
ARABLE BROADLEAF CROPS
Characteristics of broadleaf crops
Crop preparation for harvest
Crop harvest equipment
Forage harvesting equipment
Cereal harvesting equipment
Root crop harvesting equipment
CROP MANAGEMENT – SPECIAL PROJECT
Crop management from planting to post harvest handling
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 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!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
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.