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Preparing farmland for planting.
Workers will prepare suitable farm ground for the implementation of irrigation on tillable acres. Job may require clearing of some areas to accommodate the installation of center pivot irrigation for the purposes of growing suitable cover crops. Job will also require the preparation of tillable farm ground to include but is not limited to, application of lime, gypsum, litter and other soil amendments to enhance soil fertility as well as the planting of cover crops for soil stabilization, increased fertility, and harvest.
Workers will operate and perform routine maintenance on GPS equipped 245+ HP farming equipment and heavy machinery such as CAT 349E and 336E excavators and CAT D6N and D6T bulldozers to prepare farm ground for application of fertilizers, amendments, and crops, and will operate heavy Wishek disc plows, chisels, windrowers, spreaders, and planters to prepare farm ground for crops. Workers may also operate and service the WF 2012 Root Picker.
Workers may hitch soil conditioning implements, such as plow or harrow to tractor, and operate tractor and towed implement to furrow and grade soil. Workers will drive tractors and operate designated towed machines, such as drill or manure spreader, to plant, fertilize, dust and spray crops. Prepares harvesting machine by adjusting speeds of cutters, blowers and conveyors and height of cutting head or depth of digging blades according to type, height, weight and condition of crop being harvested, and contour of terrain. Attaches towed or mounted-type harvesting machine to tractor using hand tools or drives self-propelled harvesting machine to cut, pull up, dig, thresh, clean, chop, bag or bundle crops. Workers will perform irrigation activities, including setting up and moving irrigation pipes and equipment.
While the workers' main duties are associated with operation of farm equipment, workers will also be required to perform routine maintenance on the equipment, as well. Examines and listens to machines, motors, gasoline and diesel engines and equipment for operational defects and dismantles defective units, using hand-tools. Repairs or replaces defective parts, using hand tools and shop tools. Workers will replace components, such as carburetors, fuel pumps, generators, ignition points and spark plugs. Reassembles, adjusts and lubricates machines and equipment to ensure efficient operation. May install and repair wiring and motors to maintain farm electrical system. May assist other workers in more complex maintenance tasks, such as overhaul of machinery and equipment. May construct and repair buildings and other farm structures. May assemble and erect new farm machinery and equipment.
Workers will be required to prepare farm land for planting. This includes removing trash, trees, stumps, rocks and any other debris or material that will interfere with planting and harvesting crops. Workers will be required to dig ditches for the installation of pipe and to prevent erosion. Workers may be required to pile the debris up for burning. Workers may be required to operate rakes for root and limb removal. Workers may operate dozers, tractors, front end loaders, bobcats and various other pieces of land clearing equipment. Workers may be required to level land by moving dirt from one location to another using trucks and equipment.
Workers are required to work in fields when plants are wet with dew and rain, and may be required to work during light rain, moderate winds, direct sun, high humidity and extreme temperatures. Temperatures in fields during working hours can range from 30 to over 100 degrees. Allergies to goldenrod, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides or honey bees may affect a worker's ability to perform the job.
Persons seeking employment as experienced agricultural equipment operator must be available for the entire period requested by the employer.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2091.00 - Agricultural Equipment Operators