BASIS Crop Protection (Grassland and Forage Crops)

Who is this course for?

  • Those involved in the crop protection industry such as field, sales and technical staff,  professional consultants, advisers and representatives working in the crop protection industry
  • Those managing crop protection products and farmers of any large arable concerns
  • Those with a basic prior knowledge of the production of cereals, oilseed rape, sugar beet, potatoes and grassland
  • Those with some prior knowledge or experience of UK Agricultural crop production and protection

What are the course objectives?

  • Appreciate the hazards of crop protection chemicals, encourage safety consciousness and be aware of legal obligations
  • Understand equipment and techniques for applying crop protection materials
  • Understand the nature of crop protection chemicals and biological control agents
  • Recognise disease symptoms, evaluate disease problems and be able to advise on the choice of appropriate control measures
  • Recognise pests and pest damage, foresee and prevent pest problems choosing safe and appropriate control measures
  • Recognise weeds and evaluate safe and appropriate control methods
  • Discriminate between crop damages directly induced by environmental factors and damage caused by pests and pathogens and evaluate possible methods which may be adopted for prevention or control
  • Understand the biology of weeds, pests and diseases
  • Understand the principles and concepts of Integrated Crop Management
  • Advise on the factors involved in, and the problems associated with an ICM programme

What does the course teach?

  • Safety and legislation
  • Biology and identification of pests, weeds and diseases
  • Biological, chemical and cultural control of pests, weeds and diseases
  • Nutrient deficient systems
  • Agronomy of potatoes, cereals, sugar beet, oilseed rape and grass
  • Crop rotations and soil management
  • Auditing and monitoring
  • Energy and waste management
  • Positive habitat creation and conservation
  • Quality and safety in the food chain

How long is the course?

Fifteen days plus two days of exams and the submission of a project
Exam process is overseen by BASIS

Includes mock examination, exam preparation and technique:

Exam Day 1 – Multiple choice papers, pests, weeds disease and soil identification
Exam Day 2 – Practical on-farm and VIVA

What qualification does it provide?

BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection

The modules can be used towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy and the Harper Adams University College ‘Graduate Diploma in Agronomy with Environmental Management’.

What does it cost?

Approx £2750 plus VAT to include exam fees, materials and lunch on each course day