Record Keeping - Knowledge of record keeping procedures regarding production, economics and crop issue troubleshooting.
Employee Management/Training - Understand employee management principles and training techniques.
Plant Propagation - Know how to seed crops, transplant crops, and maintain fertility as well as how to seed and transplant selections for ongoing genetics and breeding.
Soil Science - Understanding of the principles of creating optimal soil conditions for crop products.
Crop Production Ecosystems - Knowledge of principles used to treat farm as an ecosystem and understanding of impact of farm inputs of pesticides, irrigation, fertilizers, etc. to manage productivity and control weeds.
Organic Farm Principles (Optional) - Understand rules, regulations, necessary paperwork and best practices for operating an organic crop production farm.
Marketing and Customer Service - Knowledge of the principles of marketing horticulture products and best practices for customer service.
Crop Production Business Planning - Understand how to write and follow a working business plan to manage production costs, labor, transportation and supplies to maximize potential profits.
Commodity Economics - Understand how best to buy/ sell / hold onto crop commodities based on fluctuating market prices.
Facilities maintenance - Knowledge of how to maintain and repair barns, silos, etc. to ensure best practices for crop production operations.
Farm Laws and Agriculture Policy - General understanding of the laws that pertain to farm insurance, trade policy, government subsidies, etc.
GPS Farming - Know how to use global positioning system technology to do things such as farm planning, field mapping, soil sampling, tractor guidance, crop scouting, variable rate applications, and yield mapping.