Job description: Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop

December 13, 2022

This occupation is in the group “Farming, fishing and forestry occupations”

Job description:

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Job Tasks

Apply pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to crops.

  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.

Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress.

  • Confer with managers to make operational decisions.

Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers.

Direct and monitor the work of casual and seasonal help during planting and harvesting.

  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.

Set up and operate irrigation equipment.

  • Operate irrigation systems.

Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.

  • Operate farming equipment.

Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.

  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.

Clear and maintain irrigation ditches.

  • Trim trees or other vegetation.

Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs.

  • Maintain operational records.

Dig and plant seeds, or transplant seedlings by hand.

  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.

Repair farm buildings, fences, and other structures.

  • Build agricultural structures.

Participate in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops.

  • Sort forestry or agricultural materials.

Harvest fruits and vegetables by hand.

  • Harvest agricultural products.

Load agricultural products into trucks, and drive trucks to market or storage facilities.

  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.

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