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Farm Manager - Turf Production

Turf Farming Overview

The ‘greenhouse, nursery, floriculture and turf’ industry includes farms that seed, grow and harvest sod or turf. Different types and varieties of grasses are grown depending on the purpose or end-use of the turf, typically in a field.

  • Production generally is for residential or recreational lawns, the sports turf industry, or highway greening etc. Turf farming requires different skills sets compared to nursery and greenhouse production, as larger machinery is typically utilized. 

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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

  • Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.)
  • General Manager
  • Superintendent
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Turf 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 for farm management 
  • Apply knowledge specific to growing turf 
  • Manage biosecurity 
  • Implement environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • Manage the preparation of fields 
  • Manage seeding 
  • Implement strategies for maintaining turf 
  • Implement strategies for IPM 
  • Manage production and harvest 
  • Manage the transportation of harvested turf 
  • Manage turf waste 
  • Manage equipment, supplies and products 
  • Manage research and development 

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
  • Turf Production
  • Teamwork
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Visioning

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.