Profession hop farmer

Hop farmers plant, cultivate and harvest hops for the production of commodities such as beer.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Ingredients for beer production

    Basic ingredients of beer, which consist of water, a starch source such as malted barley, brewer's yeast to produce the fermentation and a flavouring such as hops.

  • Plant propagation

    Types of different propagation methods, materials and seeds and their criteria for health and quality.

  • Hop cultivation

    The cultivation of hop plants. The diverse types of hops and the means to cultivate and harvest hop crops for beer brewing and other purposes.

Skills

  • Assess crop damage

    Identify and evaluate damage to crops due to disorders, adverse physical soil conditions, unsuitable pH, nutrient imbalances and deficiencies, the misuse of crop protection materials, or extreme weather factors.

  • Prepare planting area for planting

    Prepare planting area and soil for planting by fertilising, mulching and performing weed control. Take the conditions of the area, soil and plant type into account.

  • Harvest crop

    Mow, pick or cut agricultural products manually or using appropriate tools and machinery. Taking into account the relevant quality criteria of products, hygiene prescriptions and using the appropriate methods.

  • Monitor fields

    Monitor orchards, fields and production areas to forecast when crops will be fully grown. Estimate how much damage the weather may cause to crops.

  • Execute fertilisation

    Carry out fertilisation tasks by hand or using appropriate equipment according to fertilisation instructions taking into account the environmental, health and safety regulations and procedures.

  • Advise on beer production

    Advise beer companies, small brewers and managers within the beer industry to improve the quality of the product or of the production process.

  • Nurse plants

    Determine the need for nursing activities and carry out nursing by cultivating, maintaining, watering and spraying the plants and trees manually or using appropriate equipment, taking into account the plant species and following safety requirements.

  • Prepare planting area

    Prepare planting area and soil for planting by for example fertilising, mulching by hand or using mechanical tools or machinery; prepare seeds and plants for sowing and planting by enuring the quality of seed and plants.Sow and plant by hand, using mechanical tools or machinery and in accordance with national legislation.

  • Maintain gardening equipment

    Perform daily maintenance on tools and equipment and report major faults to a superior.

  • Maintain storage facilities

    Maintain or ensure the maintenance of cleaning equipment, heating or air conditioning of storage facilities and the temperature of premises.

  • Prevent crop disorders

    Advise on how to prevent and limit particular crop disorders with the appropriate methods. Select corrective treatments.

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Cultivate hops

    Carry out the cultivation of hops for the production of beer and other purposes.

  • Supervise crop production

    Supervise and analyse overall crop production in order to ensure effective production process, taking into account the environmental regulations.

  • Use gardening equipment

    Use gardening equipment such as clippers, sprayers, mowers, chainsaws, complying to health and safety regulations.

  • Create crop protection plans

    Monitor crops for issues with crop protection. Design integrated control strategies. Assess the consequences of pesticide application. Keep up with developments in biotechnology to help reduce usage of chemicals. Manage pesticide resistance.

  • Propagate plants

    Carry out propagation activities by appling appropriate propagation methods such as grafted cutting propagation or generative propagation considering the plant type. Carry out propagation control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

  • Monitor crops

    Monitor the growth of the crops to ensure the crops are free from diseases, harmful chemicals and organisms.

  • Store crops

    Store and preserve crops in accordance with standards and regulations to ensure their quality. Ensure that storage facilities are kept according to hyginic standards, regulating temperature, heating and air conditioning of storage facilities.

  • Grow plants

    Carry out plant growing activities. Carry out grow control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

Optional knowledge and skills

agritourism organic farming pick orders of agricultural products soil structure plant disease control pest control in plants carry out work related calculations in agriculture execute disease and pest control activities agronomy fertilisation principles horticulture principles variety of beers plant harvest methods crop production principles watering principles