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Farm Manager - Apple Production

 Lydia Schouten

Apple Farming Overview

The ‘tree fruit and vine’ industry includes farms that produce all types of tree fruits such as apples and cherries and tree nuts such as hazelnuts.

  • Work in the tree fruit industry is labour intensive, requiring extensive hand-picking and packaging. It’s also subject to the most pronounced seasonal pattern of any agricultural industry. As a result, the industry relies more heavily on foreign workers to meet its labour requirements.

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Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. 

Typical Job Titles

  • Orchard Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Apple Farm Managers assign supervisors a variety of week to week and/or month to month objectives, provide the resources needed to accomplish objectives, help with questions or problems, and monitor progress.

Apple Farm Managers manage activities related to planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops.

  • Manage strategic planning 
  • Manage human resources 
  • Manage finances and administration 
  • Manage risk 
  • Manage customer relations 
  • Manage health and safety 
  • Manage food safety and security 
  • Manage production 
  • Manage compliance with legislation and regulations 
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for farm management 
  • Manage food safety 
  • Implement environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • Manage propagation 
  • Coordinate the preparation of orchard site 
  • Manage tree pruning 
  • Manage the planting of trees 
  • Manage the construction and maintenance of the trellis system 
  • Implement strategies for integrated pest, disease, damage and weed management 
  • Manage nutrient application 
  • Manage irrigation 
  • Manage training and maintenance of trees 
  • Manage crop load 
  • Manage production and harvest 
  • Manage post-harvest operations 
  • Manage the transportation of harvested apples 
  • Manage equipment, supplies and products 
  • Coordinate research 
  • Apply knowledge specific to growing apples 

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Apple Production
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Resource Management
  • Decision Making
  • Fostering Relationships

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hourly pay for hired managers in agriculture ranges from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

Generally from

To

 

$39,500/yr

$74,800/yr

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.