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Principles of Soil Science and irrigation

    Why study Principles of Soil Science and Irrigation?

    Soil is the foundation that supports beautiful landscapes. We have a huge responsibility to sustain our soils and we need to understand the functions of soils before we can assess their quality. There is no such thing as poor soils, only poor managers; soils can only be suitable or unsuitable for a specific use. Therefore it is important to learn more about the biological, chemical and physical environment of soil before we can assess land-use practices.

    How will you benefit from studying this short learning programme?

    Students of this course will be provided with the basic principles of Soil Science. They will also gain specific knowledge and skills in soil physics, chemistry and biology, and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

    After completion of this short learning programme you will be able to:

    • Explain the main functions of the soil and perform quality tests
    • Distinguish between different soil textures and structures
    • Have the ability to identify or assess the chemical conditions of soils
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role microorganisms play in soil health and nutrition
    • Identify different types of soils as well the horizons of a soil profile using a guide as well as Maps for South African soils
    • Identify soil tillage equipment required for executing specific tillage practices
    • Understand and explain how soil water balance can be used to reduce unproductive water loss

       
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      Duration

      2 days

      • Gauteng - 16-17 October
      • Somerset West - 11-12 October
      Certification

      MSA Competency based short learning programme

      Who should attend
      • Professionals in crop production and protection
      • Applicators of agrochemicals (private contractors)
      • Consultants
      • Extension officers in government service
      • Graduates from colleges / universities
      • Farmers and farm managers
      • Researchers
      • School leavers (highest grade level attained in secondary school)
      Entry requirements

      A National Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with appropriate experience. The participant must also show competence in the understanding of crop morphology, physiology and cultivation as well soil fertility and an understanding of basic integrated pest management principles.

      Assessment to determine competence:
      • Written practical assignments
      About the course facilitator

      Leon van Rensburg is a Professor in the Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences at the University of the Orange Free State, where he specialised in soil water management with the focus to improve our understanding of soil and plant hydraulic processes.  Results from his research are used to benefit dryland and irrigation farmers in arid to semi-arid environments.  A total of 65 of his articles have been published, many in international journals.

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      011 950 4009 inquiries@monash.ac.za
      From outside South Africa
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