A Custom Applicator makes sure that spray equipment is working properly and applies pesticides or fertilizer in fields.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Operate and maintain all equipment and vehicles (sprayers, spreaders, trucks, etc.)
- Mixing, loading and application of pesticides/fertilizers
- Apply pesticides and fertilizers at applicable rates to the appropriate fields
- Handle and deliver bulk and packaged chemicals
- Perform daily vehicle inspections
- Clean and maintain equipment
- Maintain application/spray records
- Manage customer service relations
- Organize and coordinate application timetable with customers
- Knowledgeable with seed, chemical and fertilizer to make informed decisions
- Recertify spraying technician license and safety training every two years
What education and training is required?
An associate’s degree is not required but would enhance the opportunity to obtain the job.
To pursue a career as a Custom Applicator:
The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, science, biology, chemistry, mathematics and business.
Employed by seed companies, crop protection companies, cooperatives, large farms, or you may be self-employed.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
The current and future job market will be good for custom applicators.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:
- Soil Science Society of America
- National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants
- American Society of Agronomy
- Crop Science Society of America
- Weed Science Society of America
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- National Farmers Organization