Course title Crop Production I
Course code LauZ4229
Credit points (ECTS) 7.5
Total Hours in Course 202.5
Number of hours for lectures 45
Number of hours for laboratory classes 35
Date of course confirmation 29/03/2011
Responsible Unit Institute of Soil and Plant Science
Course developers
Dr. agr., prof. Zinta Gaile
Mg. agr., Dzintra Kreita

There is no prerequisite knowledge required for this course
Replaced course
LauZ4236 [GLAU4237] Production of Plant Crop I
Course abstract
Students acquire theoretical base of yield formation: agro-ecological factors exerting an influence on field crops yield, their unity and interaction; levels of yield and methods to calculate them. Students acquire seed science and organization of seed production, morphological and anatomical differences of different seeds. Seed quality, certification and sales processes. Students acquire knowledge in importance and distribution of cereals, their demands for growing, developmental peculiarities, agricultural practices and evaluation of cereals yield quality.
Learning outcomes and their assessment
Students obtain knowledge on agro-ecological factors influencing field crops yield, and their interaction. Students get knowledge on seed production and seed certification in Latvia, on morphology, agro-ecological demands, crop management and yield quality of cereals.
Students are skilled to evaluate role of agro-ecological factors on yield formation, they are skilled to identify different seeds, to detect seed and grain quality parameters, and to use them. Students are able to utilize seed certificates and to calculate cereals’ yield according to given values of agro-ecological parameters. Students are able to choose crop management operations and to draw up crop management plan for cereals. In result, students are competent to organize cereal production, harvesting, first stage processing, storage and sale, to choose suitable cultivars, to manage seed production branch, to study scientific literature and to carry out further self-education on topics included into the study course.
Compulsory reading
1. Augkopība. Ruža A. (red.) Jelgava: LLU, 2004. 374 lpp.
2. Jurševskis L., Holms I., Freimanis P. Augkopība. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1988. 509 lpp.
3. Augkopības praktikums. P. Freimanis, I. Holms, J. Jurševskis, J. Lauva, A. Ruža. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1980. 326 lpp. 4. Handbuch des Pflanzenbaues 1. Grundlagen der Landwirtschaft lichen Pflanzenproduktion. Keller E.R., Hanus H., Heyland K.U.. Verlag Engen Ulmer, 1997.
Further reading
1. Copeland L.O., McDonald M.B. Principles of Seed Science and Technology. 3rd Edition. USA: Chapman & Hal, 1995. 409 lpp.
2. Kunkulberga D., Ruža A. Kviešu un rudzu graudu uzturvērtība un izmantošana maizes ražošanā. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 55 lpp. 3. Каюмов М.К. (1989) Программирование урожаев сельскохозяйственных культур. Москвa: Агропромиздат. 1989. 317 lpp.
Periodicals and other sources
1. Agronomijas vēstis: zinātnisko rakstu krājums. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības un meža zinātņu akadēmija, Latvijas Lauksaimniecības Universitāte, Lauksaimniecības fakultāte. ISBN 9984555895(5). ISSN 1691-3485. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitātes Raksti. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte. ISSN 1407-4427.
2. AgroTops. Rīga: Aģentūra Agro apgāds. ISSN 1407-5164.
3. Saimnieks LV. Rīga : TEE BIO, 2004- ISSN 1691-1598. 4. TopAgrar, Das Magazin für Modern Landwirtshaft, AgriFuture for European Business Farmers ISSN:03422399.