A row crop producer or farmer plants and harvests traditional row crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, potatoes, canola, sunflowers, flax, sugar beets, field pea, etc. independently or for a large farm or company.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A high school diploma is required to be a row crop farmer but an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a relevant or supplementary field such as agribusiness, plant science, or agriculture would be helpful. Certifications such as a CDL or pesticide applicator licenses are also often desired.
To pursue a career as a Row Crop Producer:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education courses, agricultural mechanics, plant science, biology, business courses, and mathematics.
Row crop producers may work independently on their own farm or they may work for large farms and agricultural companies that produce crops and crop-related products.
Future Job Market/Outlook
The future outlook for a row crop producer will be great over the next five years.
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