A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course refers to an applied discipline that is concerned with the factors that affect crop production and the techniques for their adjustment to achieve the highest or most convenient production in the logic of preserving fertility and environmental protection. In particular, Unit 1 is focused on the analysis of the environmental factors relevant for crop management, like physical soil properties, weather variables and atmospheric chemistry. Unit 2 is instead focused on the description and functions of the different agronomic practices, like tillage, irrigation, fertilization, sowing/planting, and weed control.
Expected learning outcomes
Within Unit 1, the student will acquire quantitative skills on the way plants interact with the environment. These skills will be used by the student together with those on agronomic pratices acquired within Unit 2 to derive knowledge on how harminizing crop management in light of the different environmental contexts and production chains.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lessons will be through the Microsoft Teams platform and will be recorded and made available on the Teams channel of the class. Practical activities will be carried out on Teams too, using dedicated software applications.
Course syllabus
The program includes:- concepts of ecology and agroecology,- physics and chemistry of the atmosphere,- importance of weather variables, agrometeorology, radiation, temperature, rainfall, evapotranspiration, techniques for their measure/estimate,- soil (properties, idrology),- irrigation (different techniques, suitability for different contexts),- fertilization (general concepts, macroelements, products, diagnostic tools, development of maps for variable rate fertilization),- plowing,- sowing and weed control,- cropping systems.
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
40 hours of frontal lessons
8 hours of practical lessons
8 hours of field activities
Teaching Resources
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written and optional oral examination. The written part consists in (i) 3 open questions, each assigning a score from 0/30 to 7/30; (ii) 10 quiz, each assigning 1/30. The oral examination (optional, if requested by the student) consists in 3 questions, each assigning a score from -2/30 to +2/30, which is added to the score obtained with the written part.
AGR/02 - AGRONOMY AND FIELD CROPS - University credits: 6
Field activity: 8 hours
Practicals: 8 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
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