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 LLE Ditzler
ir. C van Veluw
dr. ir. FJJA Bianchi
dr. ir. JCJ Groot
dr. ir. WAH Rossing
dr. DF van Apeldoorn
PD Modernel Hristoff
RL de Adelhart Toorop
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