What they do
Mixed crop farmers plan, organise and manage the production and marketing of a variety of crops. This includes crop cultivation, harvest, sale and distribution, as well as the maintenance of farming equipment, supervision of workers, budget and business management.
Mixed crop farmers work in numerous locations in rural WA including the Wheatbelt region.
Mixed crop farmers work outdoors and in all weather conditions, and usually begin work early in the morning. Their hours can be irregular, particularly during busy periods such as harvesting, where they can be required to work long hours. They need to be safety conscious when working with agricultural machinery.
Tools and technologies
Mixed crop farmers need to be proficient with a wide range of agricultural machinery and tools such as ploughs, tractors, trucks, irrigation, harvesting and pesticide spraying equipment.
It is also an advantage if they can maintain and repair tractors and farming implements. Mixed crop farmers may also need to know how to use GPS equipment and specialised farm management software.
How do I become one?
Education and training
It is possible to work as a mixed crop farmer without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in agriculture, agribusiness or a related area.
The Certificate IV in Agriculture and Diploma of Agriculture are offered at TAFE colleges and registered training organisations in regional Western Australia.
You can also study a degree majoring in agribusiness or agricultural science. Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing