Course code PJH212

PJH212 Forage and Seed Crops

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Course responsible: Anne Kjersti Uhlen
Teachers: Anne Kjersti Bakken, Ingjerd Dønnem, Trond Børresen, Åshild Gunilla Ergon, Leif Egil Loe, Øystein Ahlstrøm
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:
Main focus is on production and production systems for cereals and other seed crops (oilseed rapes and grain legumes), and forage crops (grasses, feed legumes and also annual forage crops) for roughage.  Adjustments in the cropping systems to achieve satisfactory yield and quality, as well as low environmental footprints is focused, being important elements in a sustainable food production. The climatic/edaphic conditions for plant production in Norway is emphasized, and the utilization of the agricultural areas throughout the country. A part of the course will be common for the courses PJH212 and HFE205, dealing with the use of feed concentrates and roughage in Norwegian animal husbandry productions, content of nutrients in the feeds, and principals for their productions (including the conservation of silage). Knowledge on the important traits of the crops, their growth and development, and responses to climatic and management factors are emphasized. The special part for PJH212 contains: Crop establishments, including tillage systems, fertilization and fertilization technology,  harvesting methods and harvesting time,  winter survival and winter stress physiology, forage crop mixtures, crop rotations and utilization of break crops. The quality of the harvested forage and of the seed crops to be used both food and feed, are focused. Moreover, production of seeds of these crops and factor affecting quality as seeds are included.
Learning outcome:
After studying this course, the students shall have a good overview of the use of feed concentrates and roughage in Norwegian animal husbandry productions, of animal husbandry nutrition, and the principles for production of feed with good quality. Moreover, the students shall gain deep knowledge and understanding of: Plant development of cereals, grasses and other seed crops and their main responses on climatic and edaphic factors; production system and management practices and effects on yield and product quality, as well as effects on climate gas emissions and environmental footprints. Moreover, the students shall be able to contribute in the public debate on topics within production of cereals, seed and forage crops, and to contribute to the development of these productions in Norway.
Learning activities:
Lectures will be given on important topics, supplemented by some lab excercises, colloquie, and 1-2 excursions. 
Teaching support:
A list will be given at the start of the course.
Recommended prerequisites:
PJH102, HFX133, JORD230, BOT130, BOT201
Mandatory activity:
Excercises with reports. Participating in excursions, field demonstrations and guest lectures.
Written exam.
Nominal workload:
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 ECTS against HFE205
Type of course:
Lectures: 45 t Excercises/lab: 12 t Excursions and field demonstrations:  16 t
External examiner shall approve the questions for the written exam and shall evaluate the answeres from all the  candidates. 
Allowed examination aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F