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. 


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

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
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

Assumed Knowledge

PSC102 or PSC103 or AGR130.

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 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 outline the specialised technology or management interventions necessary for the production, processing and/or distribution of selected annual crops or their by-products; and
  • 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; and
  • Alternative production methods and current issues.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSC270 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Winter or summer crop management
Analysis of crop management
Written exam - closed question/open book

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

Students experience the following activities which cannot be done remotely:

  • Crop rotations and programs;
  • Crop growth cycles;
  • Crop morphology and identification;
  • Plant growth and development;
  • Field crop nutrition and irrigation; and
  • Farm visits to discuss crop management.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.