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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY AND CROP PRODUCTION
AGO2044498, A.A. 2014/15

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Ord. 2013)
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Course unit English denomination PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY AND CROP PRODUCTION
Website of the academic structure http://www.unipd.it/corsi/corsi-di-laurea/corsi-di-laurea/corsi-di-laurea-agraria/scienze-e-tecnologie-animali
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge TEOFILO VAMERALI AGR/02

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
AGO2044496 PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY, FIELD CROPS AND FORAGES TEOFILO VAMERALI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2014
End of activities 24/01/2015
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus

Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Knowledge and skills required for a full understanding of the course contents regards plant biology. There are not prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will achieve knowledge on the main environmental and agronomic factors affecting yield and quality in crop production. Knowledge on the cultivation of field crops for animal feed will also achieved. At the end of the course the student will be able to recognize the main field crops, identify the most suitable areas for their cultivation, know their uses, adopt the main elements of agronomic techniques for their cultivation and choose the optimal harvesting time.
Examination methods: The exam is written by tests with open-ended questions (during the course for the module of Forage-crop) and the practical recognition of seeds. There are no tests during the course but only one final test. In the absence of intermediate tests only one final test is expected.
Assessment criteria: The level of knowledge of the students will be evaluated by checking the acquisition of knowledge of specific agronomic and cultivation concepts, and through the verification of skills and competences (solving simple problems of dosage of seeds, fertilizers, irrigation water, agronomic techniques for achieving high levels of quality).

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: *Contents:
1° credit: Effects of climate on crop production: radiation, evapo-transpiration, precipitation, temperature, wind, hail and snow: effects on crop yield and quality. Indexes for measuring shoot and root growth.

2° credit: Soil formation and properties (physical, chemical and biological). Soil water: hydrological constants. Water availability and soil reserves. Irrigation methods and their efficiency. Draining and soil layout.


3° credit: Plant reproduction: analysis of seeds, seed treatments and sowing methods. Soil tillage: introduction, ploughing, ripping, harrowing, weeding, ridging, rolling, minimum tillage and sod-seeding.

4° credit: Nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and fertilisation. Soil organic matter and organic fertilisers: manure, slurry, organic fertilisers from civil and industrial activities, green manure. Mineral fertilisation: N-P-K fertilisers. Plant response to fertilisers and methods of fertilisation. Agricultural systems: general aspects, intercropping, crop rotation.

5° credit: Winter cereals: wheat, flour and milling by-products, barley and by-products of beer production, oat, rye, triticum secalotriticum, buckwheat, quinoa. Summer cereals: maize for grains and silage, rice and by-products. Mycotoxins in maize.

6° credit: Root crops: fodder beet, sugar beet and by-products (pulp, molasses, distillery slop). Oil- and protein crops and meal production: soybean, sunflower and rapeseed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and exercises in the classroom even through the use of web resources (short movies) inherent the main cultivation operations and field crops to livestock use. Educational visit the experimental farm of Padova University and distribution of seeds of the main crops for their recognition. It is aimed to provide as much as possible aspects related to agricultural practice of cultivation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: It is recommended attending regularly the lectures in order to acquire the study materials provided by the teacher and for faster exam preparation.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Giardini L., A come Agronomia. 2003: Patron Editore, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giardini L., Agronomia generale: ambientale e aziendale. 5. ed.. Bologna.: Patron, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Baldoni R. e Giardini L., Coltivazioni erbacee. Opera in 3 volumi. Volume 1 e 2 (1. Cereali e proteaginose; 2. Piante oleifere, da zucchero e raomatiche; 3. Tapp. --: Patron Editore., --. Cerca nel catalogo