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Develop production plans for crops
|Unit Descriptor||This competency standard covers the process of developing production plans for agricultural and horticultural crops. It requires the ability to prepare budgets and gross margins, source and interpret relevant benchmark information from consultants or peers, sample soils and plant tissue for testing, manage and monitor crop diaries and associated records, select crop species and variety, determine yield potential for crop, prepare individual paddock plans and a whole farm crop, and review production plan. Developing production plans for crops requires knowledge of determinants of crop yield, market prices, gross margins, cash flow budgets and disease and pest management for relevant crops.|
|1 . Select crop species and variety||
|2 . Determine yield potential for crop||
|3 . Prepare individual paddock plans and a whole farm crop production plan||
|4 . Review production plan||
|Key Competency||Examples of Application||Performance|
|How can information be collected, analysed and organised?||Through record keeping of previous yields and other relevant data.||3|
|How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?||Through evaluation and review of production plans, and comparison with collated data.||3|
|How are activities planned and organised?||According to standard planning processes for crops production.||3|
|How are problem solving skills applied?||Through consultation with others involved in crop management.||3|
|How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?||Through determining yield potential.||3|
|How is use of technology applied?||Through planning for unforeseen circumstances related to crop production and dealing with variables as they arise.||3|
|How is team work used within this competency?||Through use of computer and communication systems.||3|
How might paddocks be assessed?
Assessment may include the use of objective soil tests, current and previous observations/tests, and a range of other historical records. The process may involve professional support from agronomists and consultants.
What records of chemical use should be required?
These will be established by minimum legal requirements, but will also reflect target quality parameters set by the production plan.
What may be considered a logistical requirement?
These requirements will include planning the most cost effective mix of arrangements related to on-farm storage capacity, off-farm collection point alternatives, transport alternatives and opportunities for backfilling when transporting product, etc.
What physical and financial record keeping system should be used to meet the requirement of this competency standard?
The system should include paddock records, input records, and may be computer or non-computer based.
What specific knowledge is needed to achieve the performance criteria?
Knowledge and understanding are essential to apply this standard in the workplace, to transfer the skills to other contexts, and to deal with unplanned events. The knowledge requirements for this unit are listed below:
determinants of crop yield
cultural practices related to cropping
market prices, gross margins, cash flow budgets
benchmark performance indicators
disease and pest management for relevant crops
machinery and equipment requirements for cropping
record keeping systems (computer or non-computer).
What specific skills are needed to achieve the performance criteria?
To achieve the performance criteria, some complementary skills are required. These skills include the ability to:
prepare budgets and gross margins
source and interpret relevant benchmark information from consultants or peers.
sample soils and plant tissue for testing
manage and monitor crop diaries and associated records
select crop species and variety
yield potential for crop is determined
prepare individual paddock plans and a whole farm crop
production plan is reviewed production plan.
Are there other competency standards that could be assessed with this one?
This competency standard could be assessed on its own or in combination with other competencies relevant to the job function.
Essential Assessment Information
There is essential information about assessing this competency standard for consistent performance and where and how it may be assessed, in the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package. All users of these competency standards must have access to the Assessment Guidelines. Further advice may also be sought from the relevant sector booklet.