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Details for Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop


Description

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Tasks

  • Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress.
  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.
  • Clear and maintain irrigation ditches.
  • Dig and plant seeds, or transplant seedlings by hand.
  • Harvest fruits and vegetables by hand.
  • Identify plants, pests, and weeds to determine the selection and application of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Load agricultural products into trucks, and drive trucks to market or storage facilities.
  • Participate in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops.
  • Repair farm buildings, fences, and other structures.
  • Set up and operate irrigation equipment.
  • Apply pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to crops.
  • Direct and monitor the work of casual and seasonal help during planting and harvesting.
  • Record information about crops, such as pesticide use, yields, or costs.
  • Repair and maintain farm vehicles, implements, and mechanical equipment.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

Knowledge

Skills

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