Manage integrated crop and pasture production

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Assessment Tool
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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
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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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 AHCBAC503A, 'Manage integrated crop and pasture production'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop a pasture and crop program

1.1. Production targets for each crop and pasture type are established consistent with marketing and enterprise objectives.

1.2. Plant varieties are selected that are best suited to soil, climate, seasonal conditions and marketing goals.

1.3. Irrigation schedules, where required, are determined for each soil and crop/pasture type based on assessed water requirements, rainfall and evapo-transpiration data.

1.4. Nutrient requirements for crops and pastures are assessed to determine appropriate fertiliser program.

1.5. Budgetary constraints are identified and maintained according to enterprise requirements.

1.6. A pasture and crop program is developed to meet production targets and enterprise objectives.

2. Implement pasture and crop management program

2.1. Pasture and crop program is implemented and pasture capacity is monitored according to enterprise requirements.

2.2. Strategic grazing is carried out, where necessary, to reduce or eradicate areas of weed infestation, where planned.

2.3. Fertiliser applications and rates are determined appropriate to crop/pasture type and applied accordingly.

2.4. Crop and pasture nutrient requirements are applied to ensure achievement of yield and sustainability of pasture.

2.5. Soil moisture is monitored and watering scheduled adjusted as required.

2.6. Processes to minimise waste and soil degradation are introduced and implemented according to environmental standards.

3. Monitor crop/pasture growth and fodder production

3.1. Longer term trends in weed, pest and disease incidence are determined and any necessary changes to control measures are implemented.

3.2. Soil structure and erosion are monitored and necessary changes to cultural practices, grazing management and drainage are determined.

3.3. Irrigation and drainage systems are checked regularly and maintained, if appropriate.

3.4. Grazing management is monitored to ensure high pasture and livestock production levels.

3.5. Livestock are integrated into the cropping cycle through grazing of pastures returning to crop, stubbles and crop residues, and dual purpose crops.

3.6. Feed surpluses and deficiencies are identified and appropriate action taken according to enterprise requirements.

3.7. Crop/pasture maturity is monitored and harvesting is undertaken to meet marketing and production targets.

4. Review production level

4.1. Pasture and crop yields are monitored and evaluated against forecast production levels.

4.2. Grazing and cropping programs are evaluated for efficiency and effectiveness, and documented for future best practice.

4.3. Evaluation of production performance of each enterprise is undertaken and documented for use in reviewing and revising management program.

4.4. Physical and financial records of production are maintained for analysis and evaluation of production performance.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCBAC503A appears in the following qualifications: