Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition

SOIL FERTILITY & PLANT NUTRITION TRAINING COURSE

This is a non-credit bearing course under AGRI SETA. Duration: 4 days

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A learner achieving this course will be able to set up and supervise the implementation of soil preparation and maintain and conserve soil in a safe, effective and responsible manner with consideration to the environment. Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in soil and plant nutrition and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles. They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in plant production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector.

COURSE OUTCOMES

Upon completion one would be able to:

  • Set up and supervise the implementation of soil preparation and maintain and conserve soil in a safe, effective and responsible manner with consideration to the environment. 
  • Gain specific knowledge and skills in soil and plant nutrition and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

COURSE OUTLINE

The course will consist of discussions and practical examples on the following topics: Session 1 Set up a Nutritional Program

Session 2 Soil Utilization Plan

Session 3 Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies

Session 4 Soil Improvement

COURSE CONTENT

  • Sampling procedures.
  • Chemical, properties of soil – pH, nutrient status and degradation.
  • Physical properties of soil – Texture, structure, soil profiles, crust formation, erosion types, compaction, and degradation.
  • Biological properties of soil and processes.
  • Soil ecology e.g. soil organisms, food webs, role of water and oxygen in soil.
  • Soil health and conservation.
  • Role of living organisms.
  • Conservation practices – Runoff control, contours.
  • Tillage operations – mechanical, non mechanical, organic, minimum and zero
  • Tillage and application of nutrients (liquid and solid) Primary and secondary soil preparation methods.
  • Soil preparation and fertiliser/ compost application equipment.
  • Nutrients – mixtures, limes, calcite and dolomite lime, single nutritients and compost, liquids, etc.
  • Calibration of equipment.
  • Chemical, physical and biological properties, degradation and rehabilitation.
  • Characteristics of the nutrients.
  • Role of nutrients in the plant.
  • Rules and regulations for storage and handling of agro-chemicals transport.
  • Crop requirements.
  • Soil water relationships.
  • Mulching and ploughing in of mulch layer.
  • Pollution prevention.

COURSE COSTING

Total fees: R600 per learner

Fee covers the following items:

• Learning material

• Learner Portfolios

• Facilitation and Assessment.

• Certification

WHO THIS COURSE WILL BENEFIT

Farmers or farm workers, farming with tunnels.