Corn farmers work on farms with large corn fields, overseeing the production and harvest of the corn, as well as directly participating in it themselves. Some corn farmers work for large corporations on their fields, while others (more popularly) own their own farms. Corn farming has improved greatly over the years, providing lots of technological solutions for the majority of the work involved – and thus corn farmers use heavy equipment on a large scale today. The corn farmer must also protect the field from various parasites and infestations which can easily ruin the produce.
Even though the job of a corn farmer may strike as a simplistic one, it actually holds many educational requirements, mostly related to the operation of the heavy machines involved. Corn farmers usually go through specialized college education before working on fields, and in some cases they’re taught the trade from other farmers – the latter is more common for smaller, rural communities. Corn farmers usually begin their career by working on a large, established farm, until they’ve earned enough to start their own.
Corn farmers can generally earn well for the amount of work they put in the crops, and the annual income ranges between $55,000 and $100,000. Of course, it’s hard to specifically predict a given year’s yield, which sometimes turns out even higher than the average, and in some cases is drastically lower due to unpredictable weather and other circumstances. Corn farmers working as a hired hand on someone else’s farm usually earn lower than the average, between $40,000 – $55,000.