Field Crop Technician (Level 1) Skill Set

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 Preparing land | Crop care | Forage crops | Grain crops | Employability

Preparing, Fertilizing & Seeding Land
  • Demonstrate knowledge of farm’s cropping program
  • Demonstrate knowledge of farm equipment & truck road regulations
  • Follow safe farm vehicle driving regulations
  • Safely use basic hand/shop & equipment servicing tools
  • Demonstrate knowledge of seeding machines types and technologies
  • Handle anhydrous ammonium fertilizer products during application
  • Perform farm site seed treatment
  • Safely operate, maintain, service & store:
    • farm tractors
    • trucks & tractors with equipment in tow
    • two & three axle farm trucks
    • cultivation implements
    • seeding equipment
    • granular fertilizer applicators
    • grain augers
    • skid, fork, lift & front end loaders
    • trailers, wagons and other equipment
Crop Care
  • Identify signs of weed infestations in fields
  • Demonstrate new techniques to minimize introduction of and spread of weeds
  • Identify signs of insect pest damage in fields
  • Identify signs of damage caused by large and small pests
  • Identify signs of suspected crop diseases & disorders
  • Carryout routine crop sprayer servicing and maintenance
  • Operate sprayers in fields and on roads
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Harvest, Handle and Store Forage Crops
  • Safely operate and maintain:
    • hay cutting equipment
    • forage harvester
    • square baler (~40kg)
    • round baler
    • hay rake/windrow inverter
    • silage dump wagon
    • silage bagger
    • big bale wrapper
    • silo blower
    • forage additive applicator
    • bale collector
  • Prepare forage crop storage facilities
  • Store forage harvesting equipment
  • Pack bunker silage using a tractor
Harvesting Grain Crops
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the farm’s marketing plan or program
  • Operate & service a swather on fields & roads
  • Determine a crop’s moisture level using testing equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of combine operation & servicing
  • Operate combines in field and in transport
  • Operate grain bin aeration systems and equipment
  • Prepare grain harvesting equipment for offseason storage
  • Prepare crop storage facilities for harvest use
  • Operate a grain dryer
Employability, Communication & Safety
  • Manage your training & continuing education
  • Effectively communicate and interact on the job
  • Manage time effectively
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal financial principles (Optional)
  • Manage your health and safety on the job
  • Use a fire extinguisher and combat a small fire
  • Perform basic first aid procedures
  • Safely handle hazardous farm materials
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This information published to the web on June 18, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on May 11, 2018.