29718 - General Agronomy

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will have an understanding of the basic and current aspects and concepts of modern agronomy, including soil management, soil fertility, and technical solutions for a sustainable crop production.

Course contents

  1. AGRONOMY (2 hrs)

    Definition, role and statistic data.


    Climate. Main climatic aspects and implication with soil and crop management.

    Agroecosystems: technical and environmental aspects.

    Soil. Soil fertility and chemical, physical and biological soil properties.

  3. Agronomic techniques (24 hrs)
    • Soil tillage. Conventional and modern techniques.
    • Water management and irrigation.
    • Soil fertilization and nutrients
    • Planting operations and seed technology
  4. Lectures, seminars and field practical activities (24 h)


Ceccon, P., Fagnano, M., Grignani, C., Monti, M., Orlandini, S. Agronomia. EdiSES, 2017.

Sheaffer C.C., Moncada K.M. Introduction to Agronomy. Food, Crops, and Environment. 2nd Edition. Delmar Cengage Learning, 2009.

Teaching methods

Class lessons using presentation slides

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Teaching tools

Class lessons using presentation slides, including field activities at the exp. farm of the University of Bologna

Office hours

See the website of Cesare Accinelli