Learn about growing broadacre crops for food production!

Diversify your income and enhance critical elements of farming through legumes. 

Are you thinking of growing legumes to improve your farming practice and output?
Are you running a crop rotation system? 
How important is sustainability on your farm? 
Do you want to improve soil health and structure? 
Are you striving to reduce pests and disease or weeds on your land?

If you answered yes to these questions, legume crop growing is key.


Commercial legume growing is covered in this brand-new course! 

The learning outcomes will ensure you can explain the cultivation of:
pes crops,
edible lupins, 
an alfalfa crop 
soybean crops 
chickpea crops 
other legume food crops 
You will also learn how legume crops are processed and used 
This course is for:
Professional development
New business
Skills development

There are 10 lessons in this course! You'll be tutor supported in every lesson. 

Lesson 1: Scope and Nature of Legume Cropping 
Taxonomy of legumes 
Brief history of legume use 
Significance of Legume Crops 
Food plants for people 
Food plants for animals 
Soil improvers 
Amenity plants 
Industrial crops 
Legume cover crops 
Inoculation of Legumes 
Legumes today 
Shade & Salt Tolerant Cover Crops 
Lesson 2: Peas 
Snap Peas 
Green Peas 
Soil and Fertility 
Land and Seed Bed Preparation 
Planting Material 
Plant Spacing 
Nutrient Management 
Weed Control 
Lesson 3: Growing Beans 
Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) -Classification, Growing Conditions, Climate, Soil, Planting, Irrigation, Nutrition, Weeds, Pest and Disease 
Varieties – bush, climbing 
Runner Beans (Phaseolus coccineus) - Growing Conditions, Climate, Soil, Planting, Irrigation, Nutrition, Weeds, Pest and Disease, Varieties 
Lima Beans (Phaseolus lunatus) – Growing Conditions, Planting, Harvesting, Varieties. 
Broad Bean (Vicia faba)- Growing Conditions, Soil, Planting, Irrigation, Nutrition, Weeds, Harvesting, Crop Rotation, Pest and Disease, Varieties 
Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus) - Growing Conditions, Climate, Planting, Irrigation, Nutrition, Weeds, Pest and Disease, Varieties 
Snake Bean (Vigna unguiculate ssp sesquipedalis) - Growing Conditions, Climate, Planting, Irrigation, Nutrition, Weeds, Pest and Disease 
Mung Bean (Vigna radiata) Growing Conditions, Climate, Soil, Land preparation, Sowing, Planting, Irrigation, Nutrition, Weeds, Harvesting, Drying, Storage, IPM, Pest and Disease, Land Management 
Lesson 4: Growing Lentils 
Planting Lentils 
How to Plant 
Soil, Watering and Fertiliser 
Nurturing the Plants 
Lesson 5: Growing Lupins 
Lupin plant structure -leaves, stem, branches, roots, flower, pod, seed 
Lupin Growing Cycle -germination phases 
Benefits of Lupin Crops 
Factors affecting Lupin Growth 
Seed Quality 
Sowing Lupins 
Pod Growth 
Sources for seed growth 
Factors Affecting Seed Development – moisture, temperature 
Lesson 6: Growing Alfalfa 
How to grow alfalfa at home 
Lucerne Cropping 
Soil type 
Fertility Management 
Plant Variety 
Planting Crops 
Seeding Depth 
Crop Management 
Disease and Insect Management 
Harvesting Lucerne 
Lesson 7: Soybeans 
Planting Soybean Crops 
Modern Farming Practices (eg. Zero tilling) 
Soil Management 
Variety Selection 
Planting Soybeans 
Plant Growth and Physiology 
Nutrition and Fertiliser 
Nutritional Deficiency 
Weed Control 
Pest Control 
Harvesting Soybeans 
Lesson 8: Growing Chickpeas 
Crop Preparation 
Weed Control 
Soil Preparation 
Soil Moisture 
Chickpea Varieties -Desi Type, Kabuli Type 
Planting Chickpeas 
Plant Growth and Physiology 
Nutrition and Fertiliser 
Lesson 9: Other Legumes 
Inga (Ice Cream Bean) 
Acacia (Wattle seed) 
Clovers and Annual Medics 
Growing Clovers 
Clover Species 
Lesson 10: Processing and Using Legumes 
Storage Planning 
Silo Options 
Grain Storage Bags 
Underground Pits 
Calculating Costs 
Variable Costs of On Farm Storage 
Aeration Cooling 
Repairs and Maintenance 
Time & Labour 
ROI Investment Analysis 
Grain Storage and Insect Management 
Storing Lentils 
Storing Soybeans 
Storing Chickpeas 
Storing Peanuts 
Storing Faba Beans 
Storing Field Peas


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