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The Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service has released a new Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide. The newest version is based from a survey conducted in late 2013. The Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service surveys custom operators, along with farmers who perform the work, farmers who hire custom work, and machinery dealers who rent out equipment.
Most custom rates printed in the publication include the cost of hiring the machine with fuel and operator, but exclude the cost of any materials (for example, the cost of seed, fertilizer, etc.). There is no attempt to distinguish between rates charged by individuals who perform custom operations as a primary income source and farmers who occasionally do custom work as a sideline.
Within the guide, there is both an average rate and numerical range given for different custom farm operations. In many cases, rates are also given by region of the state. There are many factors that may influence what rate is charged in a given situation. These may include availability of equipment, soil conditions, topography, field size, and the type, age, size, and condition of the equipment used.
In some cases, rates are reported in units of dollars per acre and dollars per hour.
A copy of the Custom Rate Guide can be downloaded at the UW-Extension St. Croix County website at http://stcroix.uwex.edu/, or contact the St. Croix County UW-Extension Office at 715-531-1930 to get a copy.