GRNS500 Agronomy of Grains Production

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Updated: 02 March 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 6cp at 400 level or 500 level
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GRNS300 or GRNS400
Notes None
Combined Units GRNS300 - Agronomy of Grains Production
GRNS400 - Agronomy of Grains Production
Coordinator(s) Richard Flavel (
Unit Description

This unit provides students with an understanding of the major agronomic aspects necessary for the sustainable production of pulse grains crops in Australia. Topics include a grains industry overview, crop morphology and physiology, plant nutrition, soil characterisation, health and management and water management.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 35% 2250
Assessment Notes

Agronomy assignment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Assignment 2 35% 2250
Assessment Notes

Wiki on practical component

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-4

Compulsory Online Examination 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced comprehensive and coherent technical and theoretical knowledge of the Australian pulse grains industry including the constraints within which it operates including market access and availability;
  2. apply the principles of plant nutrition and be able to design appropriate fertiliser strategies for pulse crops and understand and calculate the contribution of pulse crops to N cycling in farming systems including comparison of N fixation efficiencies between a range of pulse crop species;
  3. knowledgeably discuss crop development, physiology and the interactions with paddock selection, and agronomic principles and critically interact with peer-reviewed scientific literature on pulse agronomy within a range of farming systems; and
  4. demonstrate a clear understanding of crop protection principles and formulate management strategies for pulse crop protection under constraints imposed by both conventional and organic agricultural systems.