Study programmes / B-AGE Agricultural Engineering / Production Systems in Plant Production
Course code:PSRV
Course title in language of instruction:Produkční systémy v RV
Course title in Czech:Produkční systémy v RV
Course title in English:Production Systems in Plant Production
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2019/2020 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Martin Houšť, Ph.D. (instructor)
prof. Ing. Jan Křen, CSc. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Vojtěch Lukas, Ph.D. (instructor)
Ing. Blanka Procházková, CSc. (instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:Pass students general professional knowledge about effective use, vegetation and production factors. Teach them to practically apply the method of complex evaluation of production systems at farm level to analyze and solve basic problems of growing field crops under a variety of land management (conventional, integrated, low input, organic, precision). In managing crop production on the farm (decision, organization and planning) use the knowledge of specialists.
Course contents:
1.Vegetation and production factors and their use in crop production. Site characteristics and productivity, carrying capacity of the environment, soil fertility and soil maturity. (allowance 2/2)
2.Partition of the production territory into production regions and crop production zoning as a basis of effective farming. Less favored areas (LFA) an sensitive areas. (allowance 2/2)
3.Systemic approach to crop production. History of development of agricultural systems. Characteristics of basic farming systems. Pros and cons of specialization in crop production. Relationship between concentration and specialization in crop production. Multifunctional agriculture, ecological limits and externalities. (allowance 3/2)
4.Possibilities of soil tillage to manage air, temperature and moisture regimes in the rhizosphere, importance of soil tillage. Basic operations in the soil tillage system, organic matter incorporation into the soil, soil compaction. Seedbed preparation. Conventional, conservation and minimum soil tillage practices for establishing stands of field crops. (allowance 4/4)
5.Modification and optimization of field crops management practices in different ways of farming - impact on yield and quality of products. (allowance 4/4)
6.The links between individual crop management practices and croping system used on the farm level. The economic impact of diffrent croping measures. (allowance 4/4)
7.Principles of crop alternation on the soil and crop rotations as a factor that enables to maintain soil fertility and equilibrium in the landscape. Ecological importance of crop alternation, inter crops as protection of the soil fund. Using different field crop species in crop rotation. (allowance 3/6)
8.Sustainability of arable farming systems. Current problems in crop production in the CR compared to agrarian developed Western countries (EU, USA). Requirements for crop production in EU integration. (allowance 2/0)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to organize and plan ahead
-ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-capacity to adapt to new situations
-spirit of enterprise

Specific competences:
-Competence to analyze and solve basic problems of cropping under the CR conditions
-Knowledge about the efficient use of vegetation and production factors in farming and land management
-Knowledge of practical application of tillage techniques and crop rotation methods
-Skills to use knowledge of specialists in crop and farm management

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:A class ticket (credit) and oral examination. Condition for credit is a student participation and activity at seminars and the quality of crop rotation project processing.The oral exam takes about 30 minutes and includes a presentation and defense of the project.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     consultation4 h
     project work24 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular assessment12 h
     elaboration and execution of projects40 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • KOSTELANSKÝ, F. Obecná produkce rostlinná. 2nd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2004. 212 p. ISBN 80-7157-765-0.
  • ŠTOLBOVÁ, M. et al. Problematika méně příznivých oblastí. Praha: Výzkumný ústav zemědělské ekonomiky, 2007. 129 p. ISBN 978-80-86671-47-5.
  • HŮLA, J. -- PROCHÁZKOVÁ, B. et al. Minimalizace zpracování půdy. 1st ed. Praha: Profi Press, 2008. 248 p. ISBN 978-80-86726-28-1.
  • ŠARAPATKA, B. -- URBAN, J. et al. Ekologické zemědělství v praxi. Šumperk: PRO-BIO, 2006. 502 p. ISBN 80-87080-00-9.
Recommended reading list
  • PETR, J. -- LEIBNER, F. Nauka o hospodaření zemědělského podniku. Praha: ČIAE, 1991.
  • JONES, J B. Agronomic handbook: management of crops, soils, and their fertility. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2003. 450 p. ISBN 0-8493-0897-6.
  • Principles of crop production: theory, techniques, and technology. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 740 p. ISBN 0-13-114556-8.
  • WIERSEMA, J H. -- LEÓN, B. World Economic Plants : A Standard Reference. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 1999. 35 p. ISBN 0-8493-2119-0.
  • PEART, R M. -- SHOUP, D W. Agricultural systems management: optimizing efficiencyand performance. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2004. 280 p. Books in soils, plants, and the environment. ISBN 0-8247-4783-6.
  • WILSON, G A. Multifunctional agriculture: a transition theory perspective. Wallingford: CABI , 2007. 374 p. ISBN 978-1-84593-256-5.
  • Sustainability in agriculture. Cambridge: RSC Pub., 2005. 130 p. ISBN 0-85404-201-6.
  • KOLEKTIV, Situační a výhledové zprávy komodit rostlinné produkce, MZe ČR,2007 až 2010
  • KREN, J. a kol.: Indikátory a metody pro komplexní hodnocení systémů rostlinné produkce.