Part one of the survey covers spring and summer operations such as tillage, planting and haying, and part two surveys fall operations, including grain harvest, hauling, cutting ensilage and other miscellaneous operations.
Nebraska Extension Educator Glennis McClure reviews the rates reported in the 2020 biennial custom rates report and how to utilize the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics’ new Ag Budget Calculator program.
A survey of agricultural custom operators is conducted in Nebraska every two years to determine the current rates charged by custom operators for machine hire services and other work they provide for neighboring farms and ranches or as part of a business enterprise.
The custom rates report generated from this market rate survey is widely used by custom operators and producers seeking current pricing for services. If you provide custom hire services in Nebraska, please consider participating in the survey.
Results from the university’s 2018 Custom Rates Survey indicate rising costs for some custom machine operations and services since the survey was last conducted two years ago. State average labor rates increased 6% to $18.85/hour and average diesel costs increased from $1.68 to $2.46/gallon, which could influence custom rate changes.