Irrigated Crop Supervisor (Level 2) Skill Set

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 Managing soil | Preparing land | Grain crops | General supervising | Forage crops | Weeds and pests | Marketing

Managing Soil Resources

  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of soils
  • Take soil samples & interpret the analysis results
  • Manage soil quality through use of suitable cropping practices
Preparing, Fertilizing & Seeding Land
  • Select appropriate tillage equipment to meet cultivation requirements
  • Set up & adjust tillage implements for proper field performance
  • Perform chemical seed treatment operations
  • Inoculate legume seed
  • Prepare & set-up seeding implements for field operation
  • Prepare & calibrate fertilizer applicators for field operations
  • Carry out the day to day routine of the seeding program
Operating Irrigation Equipment
  • Perform necessary procedures to move a pivot type irrigation system
  • Start up & operate a pivot type irrigation system
  • Prepare irrigation equipment for winter storage
  • Perform pipe & system damage repairs
Harvesting, Handling & Storing Grain Crops
  • Identify maturity points & cutting requirements for swathing grain
  • Prepare, set-up & service a swather & combine for field operation
  • Determine optimum time for combine start-up
  • Manage operation and adjustment of combine working in the field
  • Set-up & service direct cut combine headers
  • Harvest & handle high moisture grain
  • Operate, service & repair grain dryers
  • Manage crop residues after harvest
  • Inspect & manage crops in storage
  • Evaluate grain drying operations
General Supervising
  • Demonstrate use of decision making & problem solving techniques
  • Demonstrate effective verbal & written communication for records, staff & public
  • Demonstrate supervisor’s time management competence
  • Plan & manage farm staff work schedule
  • Supervise farm staff work activities
  • Conduct training of farm staff
  • Conduct production meetings
Harvesting, Handling & Storing Forage Crops
  • Prepare, set-up & service a forage harvester for field operation
  • Prepare, set-up & service a square & round baler for field operation
  • Prepare, set-up & service cutting, handling, conditioning & raking equipment for field operation
  • Determine time to cut standing forage crops
  • Determine optimum moisture and length of cutting silage
  • Handle hay to achieve & maintain maximum quality
Controlling Weeds & Pests
  • Identify sources & obtain assistance in crop pest, disease detection & control
  • Identify common problem weeds in grain crop fields
  • Identify insect problems in grain crop fields
  • Prepare & calibrate sprayers for field operations
  • Carryout a weed control program
  • Identify plant diseases damage
  • Control pest & fungi in stored crops
Marketing Crops
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of relevant CWB regulations
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of Canadian grain legislation
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of the workings of the open market system
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This information published to the web on June 19, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 23, 2014.