Crop Farmer


Knowledge is our most powerful engine of production.

Katelyn Duncan
Crop Farmer

In A Nutshell

I grow food for people, feed for animals, and sometimes, what I grow even goes into producing fuel for our vehicles.

I'm responsible for the hiring and management of farm workers, financial and production records, and the purchasing and maintance of machinery, equipment, and buildings.

I constantly research findings on crop varieties, soil and crop additives, machinery, and technology, and use these to guide my growing decisions. 


Potential Salary Range

$43,000 - 71,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK

My workplace changes constantly! In the seasonal months, I'm seeding our crops, walking in our fields to check on them, spraying crops for maintenance, and then harvesting them. In the off-season months, I’m in the office planning production and going through paperwork.



Job Requirements & Duties

  • Research and purchase seeds to plant for the season
  • Prepare the soil for planting
  • Prepare machinery for use in the field, and maintain it year-round
  • Train employees on how to identify crop pests and diseases
  • Manage finances and make sure employees and expenses are paid  
  • Oversee and participate in planting and harvesting
  • Understand fertilizer and pesticide requirements, and make decisions about applications
  • Manage our crops throughout the growing season, and arrange for someone to buy and transport them after harvesting
  • Research crop and machinery innovations, and keep up to speed on industry trends and global crop markets

Education & Training

  • While no post-secondary education is required, a college or university degree in an agriculture-related field is very beneficial. 
  • People that are interested in this career will need to get hands-on experience in farm management in order to set themselves up for success.

Job Outlook

    Working in this field often requires significant money and time investments, just like other entrepreneurial career choices. But, there will always be a need for food producers in Canada, so the job outlook is good!

Related School Subjects

Ed. Prof. et Tech.
Career Education
69 Math

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Crops Growing Farming Food

Important Skills


I’m responsible for running many different aspects of our cropping business; I have very developed coordination and organization skills so all aspects are given the right amount of attention.

Critical Thinking

I work closely with agronomists, commodity traders, truck drivers, sales representatives, accountants, lawyers, and more. This means I receive a ton of information from all kinds of professionals. I take in their advice, recommendations, and suggestions, but then, need to evaluate and apply this knowledge to my family's farming business - because we're in charge of our own decisions and outcomes. 

Money Management

Managing a farm business means being able to grow, maintain, harvest, and sell our crops to make a profit. The only way we can have a successful farm is if we are profitable and generate value, so I need to understand farming finances, such as expenses, budgeting, and markets.



So much of this job is dependent on the weather and other factors that are beyond my control. Crop farmers have to be able to adapt to challenges and make the best out of whatever situation they’re given. 


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Independent Work
Own Boss
Flexible Work Environment
Improves and Protects the Environment
Making a Difference in the World