Unit of competency details

AHCBAC403A - Supervise agricultural crop establishment (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 10/Jun/2011

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCBAC403 - Supervise agricultural crop establishmentThis unit is equivalent to AHCBAC403A Supervise agricultural crop establishment 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTE4018A - Supervise agricultural crop establishment09/Jun/2011

Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050101 Agricultural Science  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050101 Agricultural Science  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the supervision of agricultural crop establishment and defines the standard required to: identify the seasonal conditions which affect crop establishment; plan the planting operation including timing and resources required; carry out pest, weed and disease control either pre or post planting if required; supervise staff and monitor the planting operation; recognise poor growth and lack of vigour and investigate causes.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to cropping managers and supervisors.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Source information for input to planting plan

1.1. Documents within the organisation that detail the requirements of the production plan are identified and obtained.

1.2. Information regarding activities that will be occurring at a similar time to planting is gathered through discussion with colleagues and management, and by reading the production/management plan.

1.3. The specific target area, or paddock, for planting is identified from the production/management plan.

1.4. Trash levels and seedbed conditions are assessed and accounted for in planning.

2. Prepare planting plan

2.1. The agricultural crop and method(s) of planting to be used are determined from the organisations production / management plan and availability.

2.2. The resources required for the planting operations are assessed and calculated from the area to be sown, the method of planting to be used, and the available timelines.

2.3. The target dates are set for planting, including the sequencing for planting across paddocks or crop areas, in line with the overall production/management planning for the organisation.

2.4. The chemical applications that are required prior to and post planting are selected and organised to occur at an appropriate time.

2.5. The plan is prepared to ensure that any potential detrimental environmental impacts are minimised or eliminated, including the proper disposal of containers, drums and other waste.

2.6. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards are identified, assessed, and safe work practices for planting are implemented and overseen with staff.

2.7. Any approvals that are required for the planting operations are identified, sought and obtained.

2.8. Measurable indicators, specifications and targets are determined, based on the production/management plan and the method, resources, and seed to be used.

3. Determine scheduling and key responsibilities

3.1. Scheduling for planting is determined taking the range of geographic and resourcing factors into consideration, as well as operations that will be occurring at the same time as the planting.

3.2. Key responsibilities for specific preparatory processes that are required before planting are determined.

3.3. Key responsibilities for specific implementation processes are determined.

3.4. Recordkeeping requirements are determined and procedures are put in place to ensure compliance with the range of applicable regulations.

3.5. The plan, including scheduling and key responsibilities, is clearly documented.

3.6. The plan includes the type, format, frequency and detail of any reporting required by both managers and operators.

4. Monitor and adjust the planting plan

4.1. Monitoring points outlined in the implementation plan are adhered to.

4.2. Checks are made to ensure that OHS procedures are being observed and followed.

4.3. Checks are made to ensure that the site environmental requirements are being observed and followed.

4.4. Operational staff and any contractors are communicated with regularly to ensure smooth operation and progress.

4.5. Checks are made to ensure that the documentation required by the organisation, or other regulating bodies, is completed clearly and accurately during the progress of the planting process.

4.6. Where any corrective action or amendment to the planting plan is required, the action is initiated and taken.

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • identify hazards and oversee safe operating procedures
  • identify the seasonal conditions which affect crop establishment
  • plan and schedule planting including amending plans during the operations
  • recognise poor growth and lack of vigour caused by nutrient deficiency and incorrect planting depth
  • observe, identify and react appropriately to environmental implications and OHS hazards
  • use literacy skills to read, interpret and follow organisational policies and procedures, develop sequenced written instructions, record accurately and legibly information collected and select and apply procedures to a range of tasks
  • use oral communication skills/language competence to fulfil the job role as specified by the organisation including questioning, active listening, asking for clarification, negotiating solutions and responding to a range of views
  • use numeracy skills to estimate, calculate and record routine and more complex workplace measures and data
  • use interpersonal skills to work with others and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities.

Required knowledge 

  • the equipment that is required for a range of tillage methods, and pest and weed control prior to planting
  • crop establishment requirements
  • equipment servicing requirements
  • integrated pest and weed management techniques
  • environmental controls and codes of practice applicable to the enterprise
  • Legislation, codes of practice and enterprise procedures for OHS and environmental management
  • sound management practices and processes to minimise environmental impacts such as noise, soil degradation, and debris from planting operations.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:

  • identify the seasonal conditions which affect crop establishment
  • plan the planting operation including timing and resources required
  • carry out pest, weed and disease control either pre or post planting if required
  • supervise staff and monitor the planting operation.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.

The range of crops may include:

  • wheat and coarse grains
  • cotton
  • grain legumes
  • oilseeds
  • sugar
  • temperate and tropical pastures.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Broadacre cropping

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

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