ROOT CROPS - Agronomy III

Study Root Crop farming Online - potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, taro, etc

Course Code: BAG310
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn Root Crop Production

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Root Cropping and the Botany of Roots
    • What are root vegetables?
    • Human nutrition and root vegetables
    • Botany of roots
  2. Cultural Practices A: Soil Management, Crop Scheduling and Soil Water
    • General guide to growing root vegetables
    • Improving soils
    • Sampling soils
    • Cover crops
    • Cultivation techniques
    • Soil fertility and plant growth
    • Plant nutrition
    • Fertiliser
    • Soil and water
  3. Cultural Practices B: Weed control, Pest Management
    • Weed and weed management
    • Methods of weed control
    • Pest and disease management
    • Toxicity
    • Diseases
    • Common environmental problems
  4. Potatoes
    • Growing conditions
    • Nutrient requirements
    • Planting
    • Care
    • Watering
    • Problems
    • Harvest and post-harvest
  5. Carrots and their Relatives
    • Carrots
    • Parsnips
    • Bulb fennel
    • Turnip rooted chervil
    • Skirret
    • Celeriac
  6. Turnips and their Relatives
    • Turnips
    • Rutabaga (swede)
    • Radish
    • Horseradish
    • Daikon
    • Kohlrabi
  7. Beets
    • Growing conditions
    • Nutrient requirements
    • Planting
    • Care
    • Watering
    • Problems
    • Harvest and post-harvest
  8. Taro, Yams and Sweet Potato
    • Growing conditions
    • Nutrient requirements
    • Planting
    • Care
    • Watering
    • Problems
    • Harvest and post-harvest
  9. Other Root Crops
    • Salsify
    • Scoronera
    • Scolymus
    • Mashua
    • Jerusalem artichoke
    • Potato bean
    • Arrowroot
    • Oca
    • Dandelion
    • Chinese artichoke
    • Water chestnuts
    • Yacon or jicama
    • Root chicory
    • Ullico
    • American groundnut
  10. Harvest and Post-Harvest Management
    • Harvesting root vegetables
    • Cooling methods
    • Storage

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Member of the Future Farmers Network

Member of the International Herb Association since 1988

Member of the Permaculture Association




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