NOW HIRING — Farm Hand/Equipment Operator
An farm hand/equipment operator, also known as a crop sprayer or agricultural applicator, is responsible for applying fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other agricultural chemicals to crops and fields. Their primary role is to ensure that these substances are applied accurately and efficiently to promote crop health and maximize yields. Here is a typical job description for a farm equipment applicator:
Chemical Application: The farm equipment applicator operates and maintains various types of agricultural equipment, such as sprayers, spreaders, and other application machinery. They apply fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals to crops and fields according to predetermined schedules and application rates.
Equipment Maintenance: The applicator is responsible for the regular maintenance and inspection of the application equipment. This includes cleaning, calibrating, and repairing machinery to ensure it operates safely and efficiently. They may also troubleshoot and resolve any equipment malfunctions during the application process.
Safety Compliance: Safety is of utmost importance in the application of agricultural chemicals. The applicator must follow safety protocols and guidelines when handling, mixing, and applying chemicals. They wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), adhere to environmental regulations, and maintain accurate records of chemical usage and application.
Record-keeping and Documentation: Accurate recordkeeping is essential in the agricultural industry. The farm equipment applicator maintains detailed records of chemical applications, including product types, quantities applied, field locations, and any pertinent observations. These records help track and monitor crop treatments, comply with regulations, and provide information for future planning.
Equipment Calibration: Calibration is a critical task for farm equipment applicators. They ensure that the application equipment is calibrated correctly to achieve accurate and uniform distribution of chemicals. This involves measuring and adjusting application rates, nozzle settings, pressure levels, and other variables to optimize application effectiveness.
Crop Monitoring and Assessment: The applicator assesses crop conditions and identifies pest or disease issues that may require treatment. They work closely with agronomists, farmers, or farm managers to determine appropriate chemicals, application timing, and targeted areas for treatment. They may also provide input on crop health and make recommendations for future treatments.
Communication and Collaboration: Effective communication is crucial for farm equipment applicators. They coordinate with farm owners, managers, and other team members to plan application schedules, discuss field conditions, and share information regarding potential issues or improvements. They may also collaborate with agronomists, crop consultants, or chemical suppliers to obtain guidance on specific treatments or best practices.
Continuous Learning: Farm equipment applicators stay updated on industry trends, new regulations, and advancements in application techniques. They may attend training sessions, workshops, or seminars to enhance their knowledge of chemical applications, equipment operation, and safety practices.
In summary, a farm equipment applicator plays a vital role in applying agricultural chemicals accurately and efficiently to promote healthy and productive crops. They are responsible for equipment operation and maintenance, safety compliance, recordkeeping, and effective communication within the farming team.
Good Previous Job Titles:
– Farm Equipment Operator, Farm Hand, Custom Applicator, Farm Applicator, Farm Laborer, Agricultural Operator
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: Up to $65,000.00 per year
Health savings account
Paid time off
Monday to Friday
Weekends as needed
Supplemental pay types:
High school or equivalent (Required)
Agriculture/Farming: 1 year (Required)
Driver’s License (Required)
Work Location: In person