|Module Title||SOIL MANAGEMENT|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Alun Davies|
|Assessment||Assignment||Soil assessment assignment||50%|
Identify appropriate means of soil improvement.
a) Soil structure and drainage problems are identified.
b) Appropriate techniques for improving soil structure are selected.
c) Soil pH and liming recommendations are determined
Soils: Local soils of agricultural importance.
Assess the chemical properties of soil and the plants requirement for nutrients.
a) Factors affecting availability of plant nutrients in the soil are outlined
b) The behaviour and role of major and minor plant nutrients are described
c) Deficiency symptoms of major nutrients are identified
Availability: weathering, cation exchange, leaching, acidification, antagonism, synergism, fixation, mineralisation
Identify appropriate fertiliser types and plan fertiliser programmes for arable crops
a) Fertiliser rates are calculated and costed
b) Factors affecting choice of fertilisers and manures are understood and used to decide on appropriate materials
c) The principles of fertiliser response and fertiliser recommendations are used in planning fertiliser programmes
d) Fertiliser programmes are designed in a manner appropriate to the crop, the locality and the environment
Fertilisers: inorganic, fertiliser quality.
Manures: FYM, slurry, straw, green manures.