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.
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.
MSA Competency based short learning programme
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.
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.