Field Vegetable, Salad and Fruit Crops - (15 credits)

This module will give students the opportunity to assess the potential and gain an understanding of root salad and fruit crops which are important in certain parts of the UK and overseas where they contribute significantly to farm output. Specific crops will be evaluated and the agronomy discussed within the framework of Integrated Farm Management to promote the sustainable techniques and the production of high quality produce for multiple retailers and specific markets. Management issues will be evaluated to assess the factors necessary to produce high value field crops profitably to demanding customers. Developments in technology and machinery design will be considered along with the storage requirements of the crops as these are likely to make significant contributions to the efficient production of marketable produce in the future. The opportunity to visit local farmers, processors, packers and retailers will be taken.