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Farm Manager - Crop Production

Lydia Schouten

Crop / Grain and Oilseed Farming Overview

The 'grain and oilseed' industry includes farm operations that produce a wide variety of crops, with wheat, canola, soybeans, and feed corn being the industry’s key products. Other industry products include pulses (such as lentils and dry peas), barley, oats, and fodder crops.

  • While the grain and oilseed industry’s strong growth outlook will require a bigger workforce to meet output targets, the domestic labour force is predicted to shrink, with retirement being one of the key factors affecting the labour supply.

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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

  • Crop Manager
  • Grain Farm Manager
  • Crop Production Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Crop 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 production 
  • Implement legislation and regulations 
  • Develop SOPs 
  • Manage food safety and biosecurity 
  • Implement environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • Manage the preparation of sites and soil for planting 
  • Manage the preparation of seed for planting 
  • Manage nutrient application 
  • Manage the planting of crops 
  • Manage irrigation 
  • Implement strategies for integrated pest, disease and weed management
  • Manage harvest 
  • Manage the storage of harvested crops 
  • Manage the transportation of harvested crops 
  • Manage equipment, supplies and products 
  • Evaluate production data 
  • Apply knowledge specific to crop production 

What competencies are required for this job?

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

  • Agricultural Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Crop Production
  • Adaptibility
  • Business Perspective
  • Decision Making
  • Visioning
  • Financial Management 

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, hired managers in agriculture generally earn 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.