Wednesday, 24th April 2019


Farm workers are needed in all areas of agriculture, including on both livestock and arable farms. Their main aim is to support the farm owners and managers with the running of the business, through manual labour, completing a variety of practical tasks assisting in the general upkeep of the farm.

Crop and arable farm workers can work on all different types of farms - fruit and veg, wheat and cereals or non-food crops such as linseed and hemp. They will be trained according to the type of crops that they work with, and their work can vary season to season.

Individual tasks of a farm worker will vary depending on the type of farm, as processes and maintenance are different for every crop. Farm workers will be required to learn about the particular crops that the farm produces, so that they are able to understand their specific requirements.

General tasks of all crop farm workers are likely to include:

  • Ploughing fields, drilling seeds and fertilising crops using a tractor and sprayer
  • Operating combine harvesters and balers
  • Driving to collect and deliver materials
  • Maintaining hedges and ditches around fields
  • Checking the quality of crops
  • General maintenance and cleaning of vehicles and machinery

Modern farming techniques rely heavily on technology, and a lot of a farm worker’s jobs will involve operating computerised machinery. Of course, there are still areas of farming, particularly with fruit and vegetables that require more manual labour. Some fruit and vegetable crops need to be hand-picked, so a combination of technical and practical skill is required.

Generally, farm workers will work to assist the farm managers and owners of the land wherever needed and will build strong relationships with the farm and its processes. Trainee farm workers will spend time learning from farm workers and managers how to drive tractors and operate machinery correctly, but essentially, the general manual tasks are similar.