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Course Description

This online certificate will provide training to nutrient management planners and those implementing nutrient management plans in Atlantic Canada.

To receive the certificate a student will work at their own pace through eight online subject area modules (listed below) and complete a nutrient management planning exercise in one of eight areas of application, and an online examination.

Modules include: Environmental Impacts of Nutrient Use, Basic Soil Science Concepts, Nitrogen in Crop Production, Phosphorus in Crop Production, Potassium in Crop Production, Lime and Liming Materials, Diagnostic Tools, and Delivering Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management Plan Exercise (choose one) Field Crops, Forage Crops, Perennial Crops, Biomass Crops, Vegetable Crops, Potato Production Systems, Organic Cropping Systems, or Forest Plantations

Students will have six months to complete this certificate. Students can assess their progress by successfully completing an electronically administered self-test at the end of each module. To complete the final module, the nutrient management exercise, a nutrient management plan will be submitted for assessment.

The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of each of the module tests and the nutrient management exercise.

What You Will Learn

• The use of nutrients in agriculture and the potential for impacts on the environment.

• Understanding the role of soil properties such as texture, organic matter and pH in influencing nutrient availability

• Practices for the utilization of nitrogen to enhance crop growth.

• Practices for the utilization of phosphorus to enhance crop growth.

• Understanding the methods used to sample and analyze soil, plant and fertilizer materials and their use in making soil nutrient management recommendations.

• Calculations, using basic chemical principles, rates of fertilizers and amendments needed to correct plant nutrition problems in the field.

Notes

Required book: 

OMAFRA Publication 611 “Soil Fertility Handbook” will be the primary resource.

Students can purchase a hardcopy or downloaded (PDF) from http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub611/p611order.htm

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