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Introduction to Agronomy

A course designed to teach you the foundations of crop and pasture agronomy

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If you’ve ever gone to a farmer field day and some of the information has gone over your head, you’re not alone. There is a lot of assumed knowledge in the agricultural industry and not all farmers have had the benefit of agronomy training.

We've flipped the classroom

You will do most of the learning by watching videos on your computer or tablet at home with two Q & A webinars along the way. There is also a private discussion platform running during the course. The program runs over six weeks with 12 video modules of 10 to 20 minutes duration each.

Cost

$550 + GST. Multiple people from one farm business can do the course at no extra cost.

We've discounted our courses due to COVID-19 to make them more accessible to more people.

What's ahead in 2020

Farmers, Families & Industry - (farmers, wives, partners, siblings, extended family and industry professionals), anyone in a farming business who would like a foundation in agronomy, it's your turn to take on the Intro to Agronomy course on 3 August, running through to 11 September. Pay once and we allow multiple members of one farm business to participate.

For those looking to go deeper, our first Advanced Agronomy course will kick off on 27 July. This course includes the 12 modules from the Intro to Agronomy course plus another 20 or so modules that go deeper into each topic. If you've already done the Intro to Agronomy course you can pay the difference and upgrade to Advanced Agronomy. More details to follow soon.

 

Who is it for?

Farmers of all ages, genders and abilities, however it is best suited to the young to middle age farmer or agricultural industry worker who has not received formal agronomy training.



Family members encouraged


We encourage family members to do this program together where possible. This course is not just for the guys! Ladies, we would love for you to join us, either with your partner or on your own if you feel that you need to learn a little more about agronomy and your farming system.

You pay one fee of $650 + GST per farm business and several members of that business may attend at no extra cost.

When?


Upcoming rounds

The Introduction to Agronomy course for tractor drivers starts on Monday, 18 May 2020 concluding on Friday 19 June 2020. Q & A webinars held at 8.30 am on 29 May and 19 June. We normally run this course over 6 weeks but will run it over 4 weeks to coincide with the busy tractor driving season.

You can later choose to upgrade to the Advanced Agronomy course if you wish.

 

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Workshop curriculum

The course has been developed by our Planfarm agronomists, using their wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure that the most important aspects of agronomy are covered.

At the end of this program you will not be an agronomist, but you will have a much deeper understanding of the science behind what you are seeing in the field.



Curriculum


  Welcome with Peter Newman
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  Module 1 with Richard Quinlan
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  Module 2 with Richard Quinlan
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  Module 3 with Dani Whyte
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  Module 4 with Peter Newman
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  Module 5 with Nick McKenna
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  Module 6 with Nick McKenna
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  Module 7 with Richard Quinlan
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  Module 8 with Peter Newman
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  Module 9 with Hilary Wittwer
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  Module 10 with Peter Newman
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  Module 11 with Nick McKenna
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  Module 12 with Paul Omodei
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  Video Conferences
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  Summary with Peter Newman
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