This course, leading to the Advanced BASIS Award, examines the agronomy of potato crop production. It is suitable for BASIS qualified advisers, farmers and farm managers, looking to extend their understanding of potato agronomy. The course is worth 30 CPD points and can be used to contribute towards BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. Successful candidates are also awarded HE credits that can be used towards completion of the Harper Adams Diploma in Agronomy.
Potato markets, quality and varietal choice. Crop nutrition and fertiliser regimes. Weed, pest and disease control. Desiccation and crop storage.
The course is delivered over five days, arranged in two blocks plus one examination day. Delivery is through participatory lectures, exercises and case studies.
The course is assessed by means of a short answer written paper, plus an oral exam.