|| RS10910 |
|| GRASS AND FORAGE CROP PRODUCTION |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr John Harries |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Entry to a science degree scheme |
|| Exam || 1.5 Hours || 40% |
|| Exam || Practical exam (40%) plus practical test (20%) Examined during class time. || 60% |
Syllabus / Curriculum design
This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and field visits, with an assignment, oral and written presentations and a written examination.
Grassland types, pasture ecology, management/environment interactions, characteristics of herbage species, bred varieties, principles and techniques of pasture improvement, factors influencing pasture productivity, fertiliser practices and planning, characteristics and utilisation of forage crops.
Aims of the module
To provide the knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of grass and forage production relevant to the needs of students of agriculture and related disciplines.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
identify and describe the range and distribution of grasslands in the UK and the characteristics of the common herbage species
which inhabit them;
identify the influence of management and environment on pasture composition;
plan a programme of pasture improvement/renovation;
identify the nutrient requirements of grassland and plan an appropriate manurial programme;
describe the potential impact of grassland fertiliser practices on the environment;
identify and describe the range, distribution and commercial use of forage crops in the UK.
Holmes W. (1982)
Grass its Production and Utilisation.
Pollot G E (ed).
Milk and Meat from Forage Crops Occasional Symposium No 24. British Grassland Society
Spedding C R W (ed) & Diekmahns E C. (1972)
Grasses and Legumes in British Agriculture.
Wilkins R J (ed).
Nitrogen and Water Use by Grassland.
Frame J. (1992)
Improved Grassland Management.
Hubbard C E. (1984)