Crop Production Manager



What is a Crop Production Manager?

Crop Production Managers are responsible for managing staff and workers to produce crops on farms.  They oversee and co-ordinate the planting, irrigation, spraying, weeding, harvesting and grading of crops.

They are responsible for maintaining farm equipment and buying new equipment such as tractors, and supplies such as seed and fertiliser. 

They plan and direct the production of crops as well as inspect orchards and fields to determine if pest control is required or when the crop is ready for harvest.

Crop Production Managers can specialise in many fields of crop production such as fruit, maize, tobacco, cotton, vegetables, sunflowers, etc. 

They could be in charge of the production of a variety of crops or just one specific crop.

What does a Crop Production Manager do?

  • checks for damage or potential damage from harsh weather conditions such as hail or drought
  • analyses soil to determine the kind and quantity of fertiliser required before planting
  • manages staff – hiring, firing and promoting
  • runs the payroll and keeps records of all staff activities such as attendance, sick leave and annual leave
  • holds meetings with potential buyers and arranges for the sales of crops
  • prepares budget proposals and checks financial statements

Are you … ?

  • passionate about farming?
  • mathematically astute?
  • observant?
  • good at managing staff?
  • organised?
  • goal orientated?
  • good at research?
  • a person with a head for business?

How do I become a Crop Production Manager?

Some institutions will offer courses in this field. 

Here are 2 examples (there are more):


Offers a variety of diplomas and degrees in this field.


Offers a National Diploma in Crop Production


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
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