Short Title:Vegetable Production
Full Title:Vegetable Production
Module Code:HTSC H2026
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Harold Lawlor
Module Description:This module introduces the learner to the basic concepts involved in drawing up production and management schedules for a range of commercially produced vegetable crops. Learners will study crop establishment, growing methods, crop protection practices. They will also familiarise themselves with the machinery involved at each stage of the production, harvesting and grading processes.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Describe the processes for establishment of a range of vegetable crops in a commercial horticulture enterprise
  2. Explain the key environmental factors required for optimum growth of vegetable crops
  3. Identify the common pests, diseases and weeds affecting a range of vegetable crops and select the appropriate control measures, in line with the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive
  4. Discuss the nutrient status of soils and/or other growing media and select appropriate nutrient programmes for a range of vegetable crops
  5. Plan, design and construct production and management plans for a range of vegetable crops
  6. Outline the output, maintenance and safe operational requirements of a range of machinery for the establishment, production, harvesting of vegetable crops

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
All year round cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli production, including the preparation of soil through to harvesting. Identifying pests and diseases in brassicas, using a weed control chart, Harvest, grade and pack a range of brassica crops
Production and management of vegetable root crops; carrots, parsnips and swedes. The identification of weeds particular to root-crop production systems. Sowing and transplanting root crops. Role of netting, plastic mulches and fleece in the production of root crops. Pheromone traps and integrated crop management. Harvesting and grading of root crops.
Allium Crops
Production and management systems and schedules for an allium crop. The identification and assessment of pest and disease damage on allium crops. The sowing, planting, growth stages, and plant stands for alliums. Outline methods for harvesting and storage of alliums.
Potato production
Early and main crop potato growing, seed potato production, including adaptation of production and management programmes. The identification of pests and diseases typical to potatoes. The process of burn off and its timing. The management of potato harvesting, filling stores, potatoes in store. Particular grading and packing operations for potato crops.
Machinery used for food crop production
An overview of machinery particular to the food crop industry and its use, including the preparation and operation of equipment for ploughing, tilling, sowing, planting and harvesting for vegetables and potatoes. Choice, operation and maintenance of machinery.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Produce a written report on the systems of production discussed during field visits 1 10.00 n/a
In-class test Identify a range of common pests, diseases, disorders and weeds affecting vegetable crops (two tests at 5% each) 3 10.00 n/a
Portfolio Compile a portfolio of machinery suitable for the production and harvesting of a range of vegetable crops 6 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 1.00
Every Week 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Tony Biggs,, Growing Vegetables [ISBN: 1840001526]
  • Terry and Mark Silber 1999, Growing herbs and vegetables, Alfred A. Knopf New York [ISBN: 0394573463]
  • Brian Bell and Stewart Cousins 1997, Machinery for horticulture, Farming Press Ipswich, U.K. [ISBN: 0852363699]
  • J. K. Bleasdale, P.J. Salter et al 1991, The Complete know and grow Vegetables, Oxford University Press New York [ISBN: 0-19-286114-X]
  • Donald N. Maynard, George J. Hochmuth 2007, Knott's handbook for vegetable growers, J. Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 047173828X]
  • Hielke De Jong, Joseph B. Sieczka, Walter De Jong, The Complete Book of Potatoes, Timber Press [ISBN: 9780881929997]
  • Geoffrey R Dixon, Vegetable brassicas and related crucifers, Wallingford, UK ; CABI, c2007. [ISBN: 9780851993959]
  • J. Brewster, Onions and Other Vegetable Alliums, CABI [ISBN: 9781845933999]
  • V. E. Rubatzky, C. F. Quiros, and P. W. Simon 1999, Carrots and related vegetable Umbelliferae, CABI Pub. Wallingford, Oxon, UK [ISBN: 0851991297]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Alan Romans, The Potato Book, Frances Lincoln [ISBN: 0-7112-2479-X]
  • James Sheldon Shoemaker 1953, Vegetable Growing, John Wiley and Sons Inc. Nwe York
  • H.C. Thompson and W.C. Kelly 1957, Vegetable Crops, McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc
  • Steven Koike, Peter Gladders, Albert Paulus, Vegetable Diseases, Manson Publishing Ltd [ISBN: 1840760753]
  • R. Fordham and A. G. Biggs 1985, Principles of vegetable crop production, Collins London [England] [ISBN: 0003830144]
  • edited by H. C. Wien, The Physiology of vegetable crops, Oxford ; CAB International, c1997. [ISBN: 9780851991467]
  • G. Welbaum 2015, Vegetable Production and Practices, CABI
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory