Custom Operator - GRAINCO FS, Inc -Mendota, IL



Under the direction of the Location Manager, custom applies fertilizers, crop protection products and Ag lime, inspects fields, maintains and repairs plant and mobile equipment.





Blends products according to recommended rates and procedures.


Applies crop production inputs to fields and growing crops according to recommended rates, procedures, and following all pesticide labels.  Records application data according to regulations and standards. 


Responsible for the inventory control and turns in application records on a daily basis.  Assures all product is accounted for with either an invoice or delivery ticket


Walks through fields, following standard sampling patterns, and examines plants at periodic intervals to detect presence of weeds, insects or disease.


Counts the number of weeds, the insects on examined plants, or the number of diseased plants within the sample area.  Records and reports results of counts.  Collects samples of the unidentifiable weeds, insects or diseased plants for identification by the Crop Specialist.


Records soil sample information for proper identification and analysis.


Sets up material handling, blending, storage, transport and application equipment for blending and delivery of products.  Repairs and rebuilds equipment as needed.





Responsible for maintaining company equipment according to company standards, adheres to the member cooperative Uniform Policy, and maintains the appropriate professional image.


May serve on the location Safety Committee and adheres to member cooperative environmental health and safety policies and training.


Performs other duties as assigned.





      Education and Experience


Normally requires previous applicator or related experience and/or training to demonstrate the ability to custom apply fertilizers, crop protection products, inspect fields, take soil samples, and do minor equipment maintenance.


      Functional Competencies


Proven professional communication and customer service skills and the ability to comprehend simple instructions and communicate one-on-one and in small groups with customers and other employees.


Demonstrated time management and basic math skills including the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals along with the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 


Proven ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment. 


Understanding of basic computer skills as they relate to the custom application business.


      Core Competencies


Demonstrated core competencies including business knowledge, collaboration, communication, customer focus, decision making and skill development.


      Other Requirements


Must have or have the ability to obtain a CDL and commercial applicator’s license.


Ability to perform pre and post trip inspections, perform minor equipment maintenance and repair, and lift 70 lbs.

Nearest Major Market: Ottawa

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