Full Title:Crop Production (including Forestry and Mushrooms)
Module Code:PROD S6009
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The module allows the learner to apply the knowledge of soil science and plant biology to modern crop husbandry and production. The student will also have the ability to aply scientific knowledge to forestry and mushroom production and processing
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the physical and chemical nature of soil and plants
  2. Identify and evaluate the presence of various crop pests, diseases and weeds
  3. Discuss the importance of crop rotation, seedbed preparation, modern crop husbandry and chemical spraying to achieve optimum crop health and yield
  4. Acquire knowledge of the various EU Directives and Regulations concening environmental protection and eutrophication prevention
  5. Apply scientific and regulatory requirements to modern forestry and mushroom production and processing
  6. Investigate, appraise and constructively criticise various technologies associated with both the mushroom production process and associated biotechnologies.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Soil Physics and Chemistry
Soil profiles, soil types, soil testing, soil texture and structure, soil drainage requirements, soil compaction. Soil pH requirement for various crops, soil measurement and correction by lime application. Plant macro and micro nutrient requirements. Chenical fertilisers best suited for each individual crop. Nutrient composition of various organic fertilisers and their application rate for various farm crops
Crop Husbandry
Ploughing, tilling, drilling and other seedbed preparation methods, including minimum tillage (Min'Till'). Crop fertilisation, sowing, germination, growing, spraying, harvesting, storage, preservation and sale
Environmental Protection
EU Directives on pollution control, including requirements of the Nitrates Directive, eutrophication prevention, cross compliance for SFP and maintaining soil organic matter content
Forestry Production- Introduction to Forestry
Size of Irish forestry industry and projected expansion. Planting decisions: land suitability, planting options, yield class, markets, gross margin and taxation liabilities. Non financial benefits: shelter, sport, wildlife tourism, biodiversity and recreation. Forestry and the environment: sustainable forestry, forest certification. Tree establishment: species selection, plantation layout and roadways, ground preparation, drainage, fertilisers, fencing, plant handling and planting. Management of plantations: general maintenance;drains, fencing silt traps, vegetation control, formative shaping, high pruning, plant health and diseases including Chalara Ash Disease(Chalara fraxinea) containment and control Thinning and harvesting: pre-thinning site assessment, forset roading, harvesting and extraction, post thinning management
Mushroom Growing.
Compost preparation; phases in mushroom technology and cultivating techniques; mushroom development; environmental engineering; management and marketing; Mushroom biotechnology, storage and transport; medicinal components of mushrooms; nutraceuticals and nutriceuticals.
Crop Protection against Pests and Disease
Disease control by crop rotation. Use of various pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, their label interpretation, mode of action and application method. Quality assurance requirements for safe use, storage and disposal of crop chemicals. Use of natural methods of pest and disease control for organic crop production
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project Legal requirements for enviromental protection 4 20.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Crop husbandry practicals 1,2,3,5,6 30.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture crop production 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical crop production and lab analysis 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading crop science 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Adams, C.R.,Bamford, K.M.,Earley, M.P 2008, Principles of Horticulture, 5th Ed. [ISBN: 978070686945]
  • Wild, A 2003, Soils Land and Food, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521527597]
  • Teagasc, Crop Costs and Returns, Teagasc
  • Bell, P., Dalton, E 2009, Winter and Spring Cereal Production, 2nd Ed., Teagasc
  • Miles, P.G. and Chang S-T 1997, Mushroom Biology: concisebasics and current developments, World Scientific Publishing Co. Ltd [ISBN: 981-02-28777-5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Wolf, B., Snyder, G 2003, Sustainable Soils, Hawort Press Inc [ISBN: 1560229179]
  • Brown, T 2011, Introduction to Genetics, Garland Science [ISBN: 9780815365099]
  • Smith, A.M. et al 2009, Plant Biology, Garland Science [ISBN: 9780815340256]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 4 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 4 Mandatory