283201

Pasture and Crop Agronomy

The husbandry of agricultural plants and the management of plant communities at the farm level. Topics include balancing pasture growth and animal demand, pasture assessment, pasture establishment, cash crops, growth and utilisation of forage crops and control of weeds and pests.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.

283201

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

200-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subjects

Agriculture/Horticulture Plants, Agronomy

Course planning information

Course notes

From 2018 the distance offering will only be available every second year, that is in even numbered years, e.g. 2018, 2020, 2022...

All assessments are compulsory. To pass the course students must achieve at least 40% in final exam.

Prerequisite courses

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Restrictions

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171202

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Discuss seed storage, seed coating, inoculation and use of a seed analysis certificate, and discuss the establishment and management of a new pasture.
  • 2 Discuss the main attributes and uses of important pasture species, and list some of the more widely used cultivars for these species.
  • 3 Construct a seasonal feed profile using estimated pasture herbage mass, calculated average pasture cover and animal intakes, and discuss the environmental factors influencing seasonal and regional pasture growth rates.
  • 4 Discuss the use of fertiliser nitrogen and forage crops on the farm as tools for manipulation of seasonal feed flow.
  • 5 Discuss the role of conservation in feed flow management and techniques for successful hay or silage making.
  • 6 Discuss the basic principles of weed control.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 3 4 15%
Written Assignment 3 5 15%
Written Assignment 3 4 15%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 55%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Compulsory

NEW ZEALAND PASTURE AND CROP SCIENCE

Author
JAMES WHITE AND JOHN HODGSON
ISBN
9780195583755
Edition
1999 (1ST EDITION)
Publisher
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Highly recommended

PASTURE AND FORAGE PLANTS FOR NEW ZEALAND

Author
STEWART, A.; KERR, G.; LISSAMAN, W. AND ROWARTH, J.
ISBN
0110-8581
Edition
2014 (4TH EDITION)
Publisher
New Zealand Grassland Association, Dunedin

PASTURE AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR GRAZING ANIMALS

Author
P.V. RATTRAY, I.M. BROOKES, A.M. NICOL
ISBN
0-473-05236-9
Edition
2007 (1ST EDITION)
Publisher
New Zealand Society of Animal Production

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