Learn to grow cereals, pulses, and grains with this specialty course

Suitable for large and small scale operations.

Covering some of the most significant agricultural crops in the world, this course discusses important cultivars, factors of production (including machinery), processing, and more.

Grains and pseudograins are important for both livestock and human consumption. Crops discussed include cereals such as wheat and barley, pulses such as soybeans, and pseudograins such as quinoa.


Course Structure and Contents

There are 9 lessons in this course:
  1. Introduction to grains
    • Production of Crops in Different Climates and Ecological Zones
    • Crop Growing Periods and Growing Degree Days
    • Cropping Season as Affected by Moisture Availability
    • World Cropping
    • Cereal Crop Growth Stages
    • Grain Types
    • Production Systems
  2. Cereal/grain infrastructure and machinery requirements
    • Equipment Requirements
    • Seed
    • Harvest
    • Grain Storage
  3. Wheat, Triticale, Spelt, Barley, Oats, Rye
    • Wheat and Spelt
    • Tritosecale
    • Oats
    • Barley
    • Rye
  4. Maize, Sorghum, Millet
    • Maize
    • Sorghum
    • Millet
  5. Rice
    • Rice (Oryza spp.)
    • Cultivation
    • Crop Health and Diseases
    • Harvest
  6. Pulse Crops
    • Soybeans
    • Pigeon Peas (Congo Beans)
    • Lima Beans
    • Cowpeas
    • Mung Beans
    • Chickpeas
    • Lentils
    • Faba Beans
    • Field Peas (Green Peas)
    • Fertility
  7. Pseudo Cereals
    • Chia
    • Quinoa
    • Amaranth
    • Buckwheat
    • Sesame Seed
  8. Processing grains for human consumption
    • Post-Harvest Processing
    • Storage
    • Grain Processing for Human Consumption
    • Wheat Processing
    • Processing Maize (Corn)
    • Processing Rice
    • Processing Oats
    • Processing Pseudograins
    • Fortifying Foods
  9. Grains for livestock consumption
    • Differences Between Crops for Human Consumption and Those for Animal Consumption
    • C3 And C4 Grasses - C3 Plants - C4 Plants - Legume Forage - Mixed Grass and Legume Forages
    • Nutrient-Dense Forages and Forage Quality

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Duration: 100 hours




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