Manage integrated crop and pasture 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 AHCBAC503, 'Manage integrated crop and pasture production'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
Reference books for 'Manage integrated crop and pasture production' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)


Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Develop a pasture and crop program

1.1 Establish production targets for each crop and pasture type consistent with marketing and enterprise objectives

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

1.3 Determine irrigation schedules, where required, for each soil and crop or pasture type based on assessed water requirements, rainfall and evapo-transpiration data

1.4 Assess nutrient requirements for crops and pastures to determine appropriate fertiliser program

1.5 Assess technology to ensure most efficient performance of operations

1.6 Identify and maintain budgetary constraints appropriately

1.7 Develop a pasture and crop program to meet production targets and enterprise objectives

1.8 Identify work health and safety hazards in crop & pasture management and develop control strategies

2. Implement pasture and crop management program

2.1 Implement pasture and crop program and monitor pasture capacity appropriately

2.2 Implement planned strategic grazing, where necessary, to reduce or eradicate areas of weed infestation

2.3 Determine and conduct fertiliser applications and rates appropriate to crop or pasture type

2.4 Apply crop and pasture nutrient requirements to ensure achievement of yield and sustainability of pasture

2.5 Monitor soil moisture schedule watering, and adjust as required

2.6 Determine and implement appropriate processes to minimise waste, soil degradation and environmental standards

3. Monitor crop or pasture growth and fodder production

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

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

3.3 Check and maintain irrigation and drainage systems

3.4 Monitor grazing management

3.5 Integrate livestock into the cropping cycle through grazing of pastures returning to crop, stubbles and crop residues, and dual purpose crops

3.6 Identify feed surpluses and deficiencies and take appropriate action

3.7 Monitor crop or pasture maturity is monitored and conduct harvesting to meet marketing and production targets

4. Review production level

4.1 Monitor pasture and crop yields and evaluate against forecast production levels

4.2 Evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of grazing and cropping programs and document for future best practice

4.3 Evaluate production performance of each enterprise and document for management program review

4.4 Maintain appropriate production records for production performance analysis and evaluation