Crop farmers plant and harvest traditional row crops—such as corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, potatoes, canola, sunflowers, flax, sugar beets, field peas, etc.—independently or for a large farm or company.
Responsibilities: Crop Farmers are responsible for purchasing seed from an area dealer or company prior to beginning planting seasons, performing tillage tasks in spring and fall seasons, operating farm equipment, such as tractors, sprayers, loaders, discs, cultivators, planters, grain carts and harvesters, scouting and inspecting crops for the need of pesticides, fungicides or herbicides and spray, managing fertility levels and treat with appropriate product, harvesting crops once ready in the growth cycle, performing routine and minor maintenance on equipment; prepare equipment for busy seasons, and managing bills/paperwork and maintaining accurate records.
Recommended High School Courses:
High School Diploma
Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Agribusiness, Plant Science, Agriculture, or Related Field recommended
CDL or Pesticide Certification recommended
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