Manage agricultural crop production

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCBAC408, 'Manage agricultural crop production'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Determine requirements for an agricultural crop establishment program

1.1 Select plant varieties that are best suited to soil, climate, seasonal conditions and marketing goals

1.2 Determine required irrigation schedules where required for each soil and crop type based on assessed water requirements, rainfall and evapotranspiration data

1.3 Assess nutrient requirements for crops to determine appropriate fertiliser program

1.4 Assess technology to ensure most efficient performance of operations

1.5 Identify and maintain budgetary constraints

1.6 Develop a crop establishment program appropriate to the crop production plan

1.7 Identify work health and safety hazards and develop control strategies in establishing agricultural crops

2. Implement crop maintenance

2.1 Implement strategic grazing to reduce or eradicate areas of weed infestation

2.2 Determine fertiliser applications and rates appropriate to crop type and applied accordingly

2.3 Determine crop nutrient requirements to ensure sustainability and achievement of yield

2.4 Monitor soil moisture and adjust watering schedule if appropriate

2.5 Determine and implement processes to minimise waste and soil degradation appropriately

3. Monitor an agricultural crop through to harvest

3.1 Determine longer term trends in weed, pest and disease incidence, and implement any necessary changes to control measures

3.2 Monitor soil structure and erosion and determine necessary changes to cultural practices, grazing management and drainage

3.3 Check and maintain irrigation and drainage systems

3.4 Monitor grazing management to ensure crop production levels

3.5 Monitor crop maturity and undertake harvesting to meet marketing and production targets

4. Implement the harvest strategy

4.1 Follow the harvesting plan to apply pre-harvest pest control treatments where weather patterns permit

4.2 Ensure adherence to all work health and safety and environmental requirements throughout the application of preharvest treatments and throughout the harvest

4.3 Ensure that all required labour and equipment is ready and available at the scheduled place and time

4.4 Commence the harvest at the scheduled time

4.5 Follow the order of the harvest described in the harvesting plan

4.6 Monitor harvesting operations and adjust to allow for weather, contracting and equipment maintenance needs

4.7 Instruct truck, tractor and harvester operators on procedures to deliver each crop load at maximum quality

5. Record production

5.1 Maintain appropriate records of production for analysis and evaluation of production performance