SOIL MANAGEMENT (AGRICULTURE) – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 8 lessons as follows: 1. Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification • Soil health and Agricultural soils • What is soil health? • Soil Composition and Formation • Classifying Soil Groups and Soil Landscapes • Soil Horizons • Key Properties of Selected Soil Groups • Parent Materials • Classifying Soils According to Hydrological Properties • Soil hydrology Groups: Uniform Coarse-textured Soils, Permeability Contrast Soils; Cracking Clays; Medium to Fine Textured soils 2. Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition • Understanding Soils • Mineral and Rock • How Soils Develop Naturally • Mechanical Weathering • Chemical Weathering • Geo-chemical Weathering Processes • Pedo-chemical Weathering • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition • Organic Carbon • Soil Colour • Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth • Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth • Consistence and its Effect on Plant Growth • Depth of Profile and how it Relates to Plant Growth • PH and Plant Growth • Porosity and Plant Growth • Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Toxicity 3. Soil Testing Methods • Tilth and Organic Matter • Soil Sampling for Chemical Analysis • General Principles of Soil Analysis • Tools for Field Sampling and Soil Investigation • Digging a Sample Pit or Hole • Finding Out about your Soil • Settlement Activity • Soil Structure Activity • Recording Soil Colour • Testing Consistence • Describing Texture • Test for Free Carbonates • Soil pH Testing • Stability of Clods to Wetting (Slaking and Dispersion) • Bulk Density Testing • Measurement of Organic Matter Content of Soil • Measuring Salinity • Measuring Water Content • Fertiliser Solubility • Affect of Lime on Soil • Laboratory Testing of Soils 4. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems • Soil Structure Decline • Water Repellence • Erosion • Hard-Layers in Soils • Transient Bonding; Compaction; Cementation; and Natural Rigidity • Sub-Soil Compaction: Compression, shearing and smearing • Soil Acidification • Alkalinity and Sodicity • Water-logging • Salinity • Chemical Residues 5. Soil Management on Farms • Conservation Farming • No-Tillage (Zero tillage) • Minimum Tillage • Trap Cropping • Cover Crops and Green Manure Cropping • Alley Farming (AF) • Contour Farming and Strip Farming • Controlled Traffic Farming • Stubble Management • Establishing Water and Nutrient Management Plans • Soil Conservation Earthworks • Integrated Pest Management • Direct Drilling in Pasture Establishment • Soil Management in Orchards • Soil Management in Market Gardens 6. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part A) • Wheat • Oat • Barley 7. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part B) • Narrow-Leafed Lupins • Canola • Faba Beans • Grapes 8. PBL Soil project - Soil Investigation and Report • Aim is to: • evaluate a range of soils for a given situation • determine soil problems or limitations that exist for a given land use • decide on suitable soil management strategies for the selected land • prepare and present a report Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/SOIL-MANAGEMENT-AGRICULTURE-BAG103-236.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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