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Agronomy VI - Fibre Crops

Course CodeBAG313
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
Learn to grow a range of important fibre crops

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Fibre Crops
    • Introduction
    • Fibre Properties
    • Fibre Uses
    • Types of Fibre Crops
    • Commercial Viability
    • Assessing Land Characteristics
    • Assessing land suitability
    • Broad Acre Farming
    • Crop Production Considerations
    • Production Systems
    • Crop Rotation and Management
    • Cover Crops
    • Crop Islands
  2. Cotton – Part 1
    • Cotton Production
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Crop Rotation
    • Conservation Tillage
    • Insects and Diseases
    • Insects
    • Aphids
    • Armyworm
    • Cotton bollworm
    • Cotton Diseases
    • Fungal Diseases
    • Viral Diseases
    • Bacterial Diseases
    • Pesticides and insecticides
    • Cotton Life Cycle
    • Types of Cotton
    • Better Cotton Initiative
    • Genetic modification
  3. Cotton - Part 2
    • Cotton Fibre Properties
    • Improving Properties of Cotton Fibre
    • Flexural testing
    • Industrial Use of Cotton
    • Cotton Fibre in Clothing
    • Wicking
    • Cotton - Milkweed blends
    • Ginning
    • Coloured Cotton
    • Textile Dyeing
    • Load Bearing Materials
    • Harvesting
    • Cotton Pickers
    • Cotton Strippers
    • Cotton Ginning
    • Uses of Cotton
  4. Jute
    • Types and Properties of Jute
    • Jute Production
    • Climatic requirements for Jute
    • Jute Characteristics
    • Genetic Yield Improvements
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Harvesting
    • Uses and Consumption
  5. Industrial Hemp
    • Terminology
    • Types and Properties
    • Cultivation
    • Countries of Production
    • Climate
    • Soil Fertility
    • Water
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Cost
    • Genetic Modification
    • Harvesting
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Geotextiles
    • Fabric
    • Carbon Capture
    • Phytoremediation
    • Hempseed
    • Building
    • Paper
    • Cannabidiol
  6. Sunn Hemp and Kenaf (Deccan Hemp)
    • Sunn Hemp
    • Properties
    • Cultivation
    • Soil Fertility
    • Water
    • Cost
    • Phytoremediation
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Genetic Modification
    • Harvesting
    • Retting
    • Uses
    • Fibre
    • Weed Control
    • Green Manure
    • Biofuel
    • Kenaf (Deccan Hemp)
    • Types and Properties
    • Cultivation
    • Countries of Production
    • Climate
    • Soil Fertility
    • Water Requirements
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Harvesting and Processing
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Textiles
    • Food
    • Sustainable Material
    • Soil Structure
    • Paper
  7. Flax
    • Types and Properties
    • Cultivation
    • Countries of Production
    • Climate
    • Soil
    • Water Requirement
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Genetic Modification
    • Harvesting
    • Processing
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Fabric
    • Bio Composites and Industrial Materials
    • Paper
    • Bioplastic
    • Food
  8. Leaf Fibres and Grass Fibre
    • Abaca and sisal fibres
    • Abaca
    • Types and Properties
    • Production and Cultivation
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Harvesting and Processing
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Sisal
    • Sisal Cultivation
    • Harvesting and Processing
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Grass Fibres – sugarcane and bamboo
    • Sugarcane
    • Properties
    • Sugarcane Culture
    • Growing & Production
    • Soil Conditions
    • Ratooning
    • Tillage
    • Crop Rotation and Break Crops
    • Harvesting
    • Burn-offs
    • Sugarcane Straw
    • Sugarcane Yield Limitations
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Pathogens
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Sugar
    • Energy
    • Bioethanol
    • Bioplastics/Biomaterials
    • Paper and containers
    • Other Uses
    • Alcohol – Rum
    • Bamboo
    • Types and Properties
    • Cultivation
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Harvesting and Processing
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Food
    • Fuel
    • Medicine
    • Building Material
    • Furniture, Household Items and Accessories
    • Clothing
    • Paper
  9. Fruit Fibre - Coir
    • Types and Properties of Coir
    • Coir Production and Cultivation
    • Countries of Production
    • Climate
    • Soil Fertility
    • Water Requirement
    • Cultivars
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Harvesting and Processing
    • Uses and Consumption
    • Cordage
    • Horticulture
    • Construction material
    • Biocontrol
  10. Fibre Processing and the Fibre Future
    • Fibre Quality
    • Retting
    • Biological Retting
    • Dew Retting
    • Water Retting
    • Enzyme Retting
    • Chemical Retting
    • Mechanical Retting
    • Physical Retting
    • Drying
    • Fibre Future
    • Hybrid Composites
    • Geotextiles
    • Building Industry
    • Car Interiors
    • Genetic Improvements
    • Other Fibre Sources

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.