PSC270 Annual Crop Management (8)

This subject covers the production and management of annual crops in agriculture. Agronomic principles are taught within the context of annual winter and summer crops. Marketing, financial management and alternative production methods are also covered to provide a wide exposure to this important part of Australian agriculture.  There is a two day residential school.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CY O'Connor - Muresk Institute
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSC270. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences


AGR156 or PSC102 or PSC103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to determine business and production goals for annual crop enterprises
  • be able to plan a cropping system for a dryland and irrigated annual crop production
  • be able to manage and evaluate the performance of annual crops
  • be able to identify and describe the growth cycle for a range of annual crops
  • be able to identify the agronomic requirements for a winter and a summer crop
  • be able to identify the specialised technology or management interventions necessary for the production, processing and/or distribution of selected annual crops or their by-products
  • be able to determine market requirements for selected annual crops or their by-products.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Crop production systems
  • Crop decision-making
  • Land preparation
  • Crop nutrition
  • Weed management
  • Planting strategies
  • Winter crops
  • Summer crops
  • Crop growth and development
  • Harvesting and marketing/selling
  • Alternative production methods and current issues

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

crop rotations and programs
crop growth cycles
crop morphology and identification
plant growth and development
field crop nutrition and irrigation
farm visits to discuss crop management


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.