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Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management


Who Is This Course For?

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to improve their fundamental understanding of sugar beet production (e.g. growers, agronomists, breeders, consultants). The course is recognised by BASIS as an Advanced Module (worth 30 CPD points) and can be applied towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. The course can also be taken as part of a formal postgraduate programme with the option to study for 15 or 20 credits at Level 7.


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Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management.
Type/Duration: A series of two day workshops between October and December. Prior to the start of the course, delegates will have access to online learning materials to introduce the fundamental concepts.

The first three workshop units are core to the course, while the unit on water and irrigation is optional. Students electing to study for academic credits will work towards 15 or 20 credits depending on whether the optional element is included.
Entry Requirements:
Graduate level or relevant experience within the industry.
15 or 20 academic credits.
30 BASIS credits.
Cost: The tuition price of this taught module is £1500 for 15 credits or £2000 for 20 credits, however you could receive up to 100% of the funding for the tuition fee through the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership. Please note an additional fee of £300 is payable for participants who wish to take the BASIS exam (this fee is not eligible for a bursary).
Campus: 21-22 Oct 2015: Sutton Bonington.
18-19 Nov 2015: BBRO, Norwich Research Park.
1-2 Dec 2015: Cranfield University (optional unit).
8-9 Dec 2015: King's Lynn (tbc) and Wissington Sugar Factory.

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e-Learning Unit:

  • The online learning will be available to participants three weeks before the start of the course. This will introduce the fundamental concepts of sugar beet growth and development and how this underpins yield formation. The content of the online course will be reviewed during the 'Foundation in sugar beet' unit.

Foundation In Sugar Beet Unit (21-22 Oct 2015):

  • Structure of the global sugar market and UK sugar beet industry.
  • Physiology of the sugar beet crop. Crop nutrition. Water use by the crop including current research in this area.
  • Profitability of sugar beet within the rotation.
  • Soils and soil management. seedbed preparation and plant establishment.

Crop Protection Unit (18-19 Nov 2015):

  • The major weeds, pests and diseases of sugar beet in the UK including existing control measures and current research into new approaches. Sessions will comprise a mixture of seminars and practical laboratory classes.

Plant Breeding and Seed Production Unit (8 Dec 2015):

  • The history of plant breeding and seed production.
  • Seed selection and ordering.
  • Breeding for disease resistance.
  • Introduction to seed technology at Germains, including a tour of the factory.

Harvesting, Storage and Processing Unit (9 Dec 2015):

  • Understanding the processor's requirements.
  • Harvest, management and topping. Quality storage. Transport and delivery.
  • Breeding for disease resistance.
  • The day will include a tour of Wissington Sugar Factory.

In addition to the core material above, participants will have the option of studying a further two days on Irrigation and Water Management (1-2 Dec 2015). Participants do not need to apply to this course separately - You can specify whether you would like to take this unit when applying to the Sugar Beet course.

On successful completion of this module the delegate will be able to:

  1. Critically review ways in which research impacts upon evolving practice in the sugar beet production and management sector.
  2. Apply specific technical knowledge to resolving complex work-based problems.
  3. Demonstrate the development of the skills of critical reading, critical thinking and concise and purposeful writing to the formulation of realistic recommendations for the improvement of their workplace practice.
  4. Demonstrate and review the use of theory-in-action in a professional context.

Assessment (for academic credits) will be by a written portfolio project which will contain a reflective review of learning and will address an issue in sugar beet production and management and suggest recommendations, as well as considering how new insights will impact on future practice. Deadline Jan 2016.

For those wishing to register for the BASIS exam (30 credits), assessment will be based on a written paper (short answer and multiple choice) plus an oral examination (viva). Likely 10 December (tbc).


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