Course code LauZ3171

Credit points 2

Production of Horticultural Products II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation18.02.2016

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developer

author lect.

Irina Sivicka

Mg. agr.

Course abstract

Situation and development perspectives of vegetable production sector. Agrobiological and economical characterisation of vegetables. Entrepreneurship as one of the development directions of vegetable production. Sustainable technologies, high quality of the output, post-harvest, storage and realization of vegetable production grown in open field and greenhouse.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge about biological and ecological demands of vegetables and providing them in open field and greenhouses, perequisites for starting of entrepreneurship in vegetable production – tests, practical works;
Are able to evaluate economically the ways and methods of growing vegetables in specific field / greenhouse conditions – tests, practical works;

Are competent to evaluate the market situation in vegetable production`s sector and to choose the most suitable specialization for model farm – practical works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Economic significance of the vegetable growing sector, statistics, current events and perspectives, basic aspects of vegetable production. 2 h
2. Agrobiological, ecological and economic characteristics of vegetables. 2 h
3. Vegetable production resources. 1 h
4. Vegetable propagation, quality requirements for growing and marketing of propagation`s material. 1 h
5. The most relevant stages in the production of field vegetables (cabbages, root and bulb vegetables, pumpkins as well as additional species). 4 h
6. Test 1. 1 h
7. Covered areas, preconditions for their rational use. Production of vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, lettuce, radish) in greenhouses. Innovations in the use of greenhouses for vegetable production. 4 h
8. Test 2. 1 h

Practical work
1. Economic groups of vegetables. 2 h
2. Vegetable seeds, quality indicators of sowing properties, calculation of sowing norms. 4 h
3. Modelling of farm with specialization in vegetable ptoduction in open field, cost analysis for the production of field vegetables, applying intensive or extensive growing technologies. 4 h
4. Growing of vegetable seedlings – planning and modelling. 2 h

5. Planning of rational use of covered areas. 4 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Written exam.
The final mark is average mark of:
- the cumulative score of the 2 tests;
- exam mark.
All practical work must be developed, defended and credited.
The tests should be successfully completed.
The cumulative grade is obtained when all the requirements are met and the average grade is above 6.5. If the average grade ir less than 6.5, students should pass an exam and the score awarded will be the final grade.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparing of practical works according to the given task, using additional materials (handouts, scientific literature and other sources of information), works are developed individually and presented.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Practical works – graded with a mark.
Written exam - graded with a mark.

Compulsory reading

1. Bimšteine G., Lepse L., Bankina B. Kāpostu, burkānu, sīpolu slimības un to ierobežošanas iespējas. Jelgava: LLU, 2014. 104 lpp.
2. Dārzeņi un kartupeļi. Kultūraugu attīstības stadijas. Sast. I. Jakobija, M. Bērziņa, I. Bēme, L. Šostaka, A. M. Plukše u.c. Rīga: Valsts augu aizsardzības dienests, 2014. 66 lpp.
3. Dārzeņkopība: lauka dārzeņu audzēšana. A. Vērdiņa red. A. Dembovskis, I. Drudze, M. Gailīte, E. Mārziņa u.c. Rīga: ZM, 2007. 284 lpp.

4. Gailīte M., Klovāne I. Siltumnīcas. Uzbūvē sapņu māju saviem augiem. Rīga: Latvijas Mediji, 2017. 215 lpp.

Further reading

1. Bražūne E. Tomāti: no stādiem līdz ražai. Rīga: Jumava, 2016. 100 lpp.

2. Gailīte M., Geida A. Gurķi. Rīga: AS “Lauku Avīze”, 2017. 128 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

Interneta resursi, dažādi informatīvie materiāli.
Nozares žurnāli: Dārzs un drava, Dārza pasaule, Profesionālā Dārzkopība u.c.

Zinātniskie žurnāli: Agronomy Research, Horticultural Science, Acta Horticulturae u.c.

Notes

Professional bachelor’s study program “Agriculture”, qualification “Manager of Agricultural Enterprise”.