FSE-30306 Analysis and Design of Organic Farming Systems

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture12
Practical62
Field practical36
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. WAH Rossing
BR van Pelt
Lecturer(s)MSc M Michalscheck
dr. S Dogliotti
dr. ir. JCJ Groot
dr. DF van Apeldoorn
PD Modernel Hristoff
GF Felix
RL de Adelhart Toorop
S Alvarez
Examiner(s)dr. ir. WAH Rossing

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

Principles of crop and animal production, ecology, plant and animal nutrition, and plant protection.

Contents:

Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year.( http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.

- biophysical setting of farms as systems;
- design approaches;
- readability of the landscape;
- indicators of farm performance: concepts and measurement;
- design of well-functioning, mixed organic farming systems.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course the student is expected to be able to:
- distinguish and analyse the main components of complex farming systems based on information of the farmer, own observations, laboratory analyses and calculations of nutrient flows and using theoretical problem-solving approaches;
- evaluate the landscape setting of farms;
- evaluate performance of farming systems in terms of balances of natural resources, labour, and money;
- design a sustainable mixed farming system.

Activities:

- lectures;
- field and field-laboratory practicals;
- computer practicals;
- farm practical.
Note: The farm practical includes a period of 10 days and requires a financial contribution of the students to cover costs.

Examination:

The final grade of the course will be based on a written exam and the report of the re-design assignment.

Literature:

A reader is available on the first course day.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Restricted Optional for: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScC: Double Degree Agroecology6WD
MOAOrganic AgricultureMScA: Agroecology6WD