Field Crops Program Details
The CAEP's field crops program will take place at our host's in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. Our U.S. hosts run very progressive operations that make use of the latest advances in technology. Host farms generally range between 3,000 and 15,000 acres in size and give the exchange visitor insight into most aspects of their operation, which can include marketing of their crops directly or globally.
As a participant, you will need to have experience operating a tractor and have good language skills, as most communication involves a mobile phone or two-way radio. Gain experience in the growing, management and harvest of various crops!
This program can include:
- Farm Machinery
- Maintaining crops
Begin in March/April and end in November/December
Some of the skills learned on this program may include:
- Crop rotation management
- Global position systems skills
- Weed identification
- Fertilizer and crop protection decisions
- Farm bookkeeping
- Marketing of crops including options and forward contracting
- Operation of farm machinery and on-road vehicles
- Maintenance and repair of farm machinery
- Harvesting and drying of crops
- Time management
*Actual skills learned will vary by placement and previous experience.