1 Know how. Know now. EC2 (Revised May ) Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Part I Roger K. Wilson, Extension Farm Management Specialist Every two years a survey of custom operators is conducted to determine the current rates charged for specific machinery operations. The survey is divided into Part I and Part II. Part I includes the spring and summer operations such as planting and small grains harvest, and Part II includes information about fall and miscellaneous operations. The responses are grouped by Agricultural Statistics Reporting Districts shown on the map below (Figure ). Custom rates reported include charges for the use of necessary equipment, fuel, labor, and supplies such as baling wire or twine provided by the custom operator. Seed, fertilizer, and chemical costs are not included. This survey is not based on a random sample of custom operators in Nebraska. Questionnaires were sent to all the individuals on our mailing list of custom operators. Thus, the results reflect the view of those who responded to the specific questions, but may not be representative of the rates charged in a particular area. The is the number of usable responses received for a specific operation. The reported results from operations with more responses are considered to be more reliable than those with fewer responses. No results are reported if there are fewer than three usable responses. Sioux Scotts Bluff NORTHWEST (NW) Banner Kimball Dawes Box Butte Morrill Cheyenne Sheridan Garden Deuel Grant Arthur NORTH (N) SOUTHWEST (SW) Keith Perkins Chase Dundy Cherry Hooker McPherson Hayes Hitchcock Thomas Logan Lincoln Frontier Red Willow Brown Blaine Keya Paha CENTRAL (C) Custer Dawson Gosper Furnas Rock Loup Phelps SOUTH (S) Harlan Garfield Valley Sherman Buffalo Holt Kearney Franklin Boyd Wheeler Greeley Howard Hall Adams Webster NORTHEAST (NE) Antelope Boone Nance Merrick Knox Pierce SOUTHEAST (SE) Cedar Dixon EAST Dakota Madison Stanton Cuming Burt Platte Polk Wayne Colfax Butler Hamilton York Seward Clay Nuckolls Fillmore Thayer Saline Jefferson Thurston Dodge (E) Saunders Lancaster Gage Washington Douglas Cass Johnson Otoe Pawnee Nemaha Richardson Figure. USDA Agricultural Statistics Services reporting districts for Nebraska. Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture., The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on behalf of the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension. All rights reserved.
2 The for a specific operation provides an estimate of the prevailing charge with its reliability improving as the number of responses increases. The Rate is the rate reported more often than any other for that practice. The and the Rate are usually similar. The is calculated to the nearest cent, while the Rate is more generally reported to the nearest dollar. Nothing is entered in the Rate when no value is reported more than once or when two or more values are reported the same number of times. The gives the minimum and the maximum amounts reported. It may be indicative of different conditions under which the work was performed. The range also may reflect the fact that some rates include travel to and from the field while others do not. The rates do not necessarily measure the full economic cost of performing the work specified. Some custom operators may only charge for fuel and labor. Other operators may charge for all costs, including depreciation on equipment and a charge for risk and a management return. Field conditions such as size, terrain, and location vary, which will account for some of the range in the rates charged. Estimates of the costs of owning and operating farm machinery are available to compare with these custom rates. One source of estimated costs of owning and operating machines is the University of Minnesota Extension publication called Machinery Cost Estimates. It is available electronically at: machdata.pdf. The information presented here should be used only as a guide. Rates change from year to year due to cost changes and the availability of custom operators. For example, the rates reported in this presentation were the prevailing rates in the spring of. In determining the rates for, custom operators and farm owners should consider changes in the cost of machinery, labor, and fuel. Factoring in the difference in fuel cost is essential to obtain an accurate estimate for the cost associated with custom farming. This survey was conducted when expected fuel prices were $.0 per gallon (see page of the report). As the prices vary, fuel consumption rates and the change in fuel price can be used to update the custom rates to current prices. For example, if the farm diesel price is $.0 per gallon with a consumption rate of.0 gallons per acre, $.0 X.0=$2.0 that could be allocated to the per acre custom rate. If farm diesel prices increased to $. per gallon, an estimate of the additional cost due to the fuel increase would be $.2 X.0=$.. This price then can be added to the custom rate quoted here. Inquiries or requests to be added to the list of respondents should contact: Roger K. Wilson, University of Nebraska Lincoln 0C Filley Hall, PO Box 0 Lincoln, NE 0 Phone (02) 2; Fax: The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.
3 LAND TILLAGE OPERATIONS Too few responses to publish FARM CUSTOM RATES ( PART I) Reported by Crop Reporting District, in Dollars Unless Otherwise Specified MOLDBOARD PLOWING WITHOUT PLOW PACKER, PER ACRE MOLDBOARD PLOWING WITH PLOW PACKER, PER ACRE DISK HARROWING, TANDEM OR OFFSET, PRIMARY HARROWING, PER ACRE... DISK HARROWING, TANDEM OR OFFSET, FINISHING HARROWING, PER ACRE HARROWING, SPIKE TOOTH, PER ACRE HARROWING, SPRING TOOTH, PER ACRE CHISEL PLOW FOR PRIMARY TILLAGE, PER ACRE DEEP CHISEL, PER ACRE.. SUBSOILER OR RIPPING, PER ACRE.00 FIELD CULTIVATOR, PER ACRE VERTICAL OR TURBO TILLAGE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved
4 ROTARY TILLERS, PTO DRIVEN, PER ACRE ROD WEEDER, PER ACRE Too few responses to publish BLADE PLOW OR WIDE SWEEP BLADE, PER ACRE.00 COMBINATION TILLAGE OPERATIONS, PRIMARY TILLAGE, PER ACRE.0 COMBINATION TILLAGE OPERATIONS, FINISHING TILLAGE, PER ACRE STRIP TILLING, PER ACRE.0 2 STALK SHREDDER PTO DRIVEN, PER ACRE ROLLING STALK CHOPPER, NOT PTO, PER ACRE ROLLING HARROWING AFTER PLOWING, PER ACRE PLANTING AND POSTPLANTING OPERATIONS DRILLING SMALL GRAINS, CONVENTIONAL DRILL, PER ACRE. DRILLING SMALL GRAINS, NOTILL DRILL, PER ACRE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.
5 Too few responses to publish DRILLING SOYBEANS, CONVENTIONAL DRILL, PER ACRE DRILLING SOYBEANS, NOTILL DRILL, PER ACRE PLANTING DRY EDIBLE BEANS, PER ACRE. 2 PLANTING SUGAR BEETS, PER ACRE SEEDING GRASS SEED, PER ACRE.0 SEEDING GRASS SEED WITH DEPTH BANDS, PER ACRE SEEDING LEGUMES, PER ACRE SEEDING LEGUMES WITH DEPTH BANDS, PER ACRE SEEDING CRP GROUND, PER ACRE SEEDING CRP GROUND WITH DEPTH BANDS, PER ACRE. INTERSEEDING LEGUMES WITH POWER SEEDER, PER ACRE CULTIVATION TILLAGE, ROTARY HOEING, PER ACRE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved
6 Too few responses to publish CULTIVATION TILLAGE, CONVENTIONAL CROP CULTIVATOR, PER ACRE...0 CULTIVATION TILLAGE, CULTIVATOR HANDLING RESIDUE &/OR MAKING RIDGES, PER ACRE. CULTIVATION TILLAGE, HILLING OR DITCHING FOR IRRIGATION, PER ACRE.. PLANTING ROW CROPS, INCLUDES NOTILL, WITH BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE PLANTING ROW CROPS, WITH COULTERS, WITHOUT BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE PLANTING ROW CROPS, WITH COULTERS, WITH BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE PLANTING ROW CROPS, WITH COULTERS, WITHOUT BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE PLANTING ROW CROPS, WITH ROW CLEANING, WITH BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE PLANTING ROW CROPS, WITH ROW CLEANING, WITHOUT BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE.0 PLANTING ROW CROPS, LISTER, WITH BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE. PLANTING ROW CROPS, LISTER, WITHOUT BAND APPLICATOR, PER ACRE HAYING AND BALING MOWING, PER ACRE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.
7 RAKING, PER ACRE Too few responses to publish MOWING AND RAKING, PER ACRE SWATHING WITH CRUSHING/CRIMPING, PER HOUR SWATHING WITH CRUSHING/CRIMPING, PER ACRE SWATHING WITHOUT CRUSHING/CRIMPING, PER HOUR SWATHING WITHOUT CRUSHING/CRIMPING, PER ACRE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved BALING SMALL SQUARE BALES WITH TWINE TIE, (AVERAGE LBS/BALE = ), PER BALE BALING SMALL SQUARE BALES WITH WIRE TIE, (AVERAGE LBS/BALE =.), PER BALE BALING LARGE SQUARE BALES, (AVERAGE LBS/BALE = 2), PER BALE BALING LARGE ROUND BALES WITHOUT NET WRAP, (AVERAGE LBS/BALE = ), PER BALE BALING LARGE ROUND BALES WITH NET WRAP, (AVERAGE LBS/BALE = 2), PER BALE BALING CORNSTALKS WITH LARGE ROUND BALER, (AVERAGE LBS/BALE = ), PER BALE
8 LOADING AND STACKING SMALL BALES, PER BALE Too few responses to publish LIFTING AND MOVING LARGE ROUND BALES WITH TRACTOR, (AVERAGE DISTANCE = 2.2 miles), PER BALE 2. 2 LOADING AND MOVING LARGE ROUND BALES WITH TRACTOR, (AVERAGE DISTANCE =.2 miles), (BALES/LOAD = ) PER LOAD. 00 SMALL GRAIN HARVEST (WHEAT, OATS, AND BARLEY) WINDROWING GRAIN CROPS, PER ACRE.0 COMBINING SMALL GRAINS, FLAT CHARGE, PER ACRE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved COMBINING SMALL GRAINS, MINIMUM WITH EXTRA CHARGE FOR HIGH YIELDS, PER ACRE PLUS ADDITIONAL FEE PER BUSHEL FOR CROPS YIELDING OVER 2 BUSHELS PER ACRE. 2 2 COMBINING SMALL GRAINS, COMBINATION CHARGES REGARDLESS OF YIELD, PER ACRE PLUS ADDITIONAL FEE, FOR EACH BUSHEL HAULING SMALL GRAINS FROM COMBINE TO LOCAL STORAGE, FLAT RATE, PER BUSHEL.2. 2 PLUS EXTRA CHARGE FOR DISTANCE OVER MILES, PER BUSHEL APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER (EXCLUDING COST OF FERTILIZER) DRY FERTILIZER, INCLUDING POWER, LABOR, & APPLICATOR, PER ACRE
9 Too few responses to publish DRY FERTILIZER, APPLICATOR RENTAL ONLY, PER ACRE DRY FERTILIZER, APPLICATOR RENTAL ONLY, PER TON LIQUID FERTILIZER, POWER, LABOR, & APPLICATOR, PER ACRE LIQUID FERTILIZER, APPLICATOR RENTAL ONLY, PER ACRE The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved ANHYDROUS AMMONIA, CONVENTIONAL KNIFE, POWER, LABOR, & APPLICATOR, PER ACRE ANHYDROUS AMMONIA, KNIFE WITH COULTERS, POWER, LABOR, & APPLICATOR, PER ACRE ANHYDROUS AMMONIA, KNIFE WITH COULTERS, APPLICATOR RENTAL ONLY, PER ACRE.00 2 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA, KNIFE WITH COULTERS, APPLICATOR RENTAL ONLY, PER TON INSECT, DISEASE, AND WEED CONTROL PER APPLICATION (EXCLUDES COST OF MATERIALS) SPRAYING WEED CONTROL, BOOM, PER ACRE SPRAYING WEED CONTROL, PIPE WICK APPLICATOR, PER ACRE SPRAYING WEED CONTROL, RECIRCULATION SPRAYER, PER ACRE CROP SPRAYING BY SURFACE VEHICLE, PER ACRE
10 CROP SPRAYING BY AIRCRAFT, PER ACRE WASTE HANDLING LOADING MANURE WITH TRACTOR & LOADER, PER HOUR HAULING AND SPREADING DRY MANURE, PER HOUR PUMPING, HAULING, & SPREADING LIQUID MANURE, PER HOUR MISCELLANEOUS MOWING GRASS PASTURE OR CRP, PER ACRE DIGGING POST HOLES, PER HOLE DRIVING WOODEN POST, PER POST BUILDING FENCE, PER / MILE TRENCHING, PER FOOT INJECTION PUMP FOR CHEMICALS WITH CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION, PER ACRE TRACTOR RENT, 0 H.P., PER METER HOUR Too few responses to publish The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.
11 TRACTOR RENT, 0 H.P., PER METER HOUR TRACTOR RENT, 0 H.P., PER METER HOUR TRACTOR RENTAL, H.P., PER METER HOUR TRACTOR RENTAL, 0 PTO H.P., PER METER HOUR TRACTOR RENTAL, 0 & ABOVE PTO H.P., PER METER HOUR CUSTOM CONTRACT FARMING WINTER WHEAT, NO FALLOW GROUND (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ), PER ACRE WINTER WHEAT, INCLUDING FALLOW GROUND (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ), PER ACRE GRAIN SORGHUM (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ), PER ACRE DRYLAND SOYBEANS (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ), PER ACRE IRRIGATED SOYBEANS (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ), PER ACRE. DRYLAND CORN (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ) PER ACRE Too few responses to publish The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.
12 Too few responses to publish IRRIGATED CORN (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = ), PER ACRE DRY BEANS (AVERAGE TIMES OVER THE FIELD = UNKNOWN), PER ACRE. DOES THE CUSTOM FARMING RATE INCLUDE HAULING GRAIN FROM FIELD TO FARM? Yes No DOES THE CUSTOM FARMING RATE INCLUDE HAULING GRAIN FROM FIELD TO ELEVATOR? Yes No LABOR AND FUEL RATES AVERAGE LABOR RATE ASSUMED OR INCLUDED IN CUSTOM RATES, PER HOUR EXPECTED FARMDELIVERED DIESEL FUEL COST IN, PER GALLON...0 AUTO STEER SYSTEM ADDITIONAL CHARGE, PER ACRE *Of those operators who reported using an Auto Steer System, reported using it on all operations, to till, to fertilize, 2 to plant, to spray, and to harvest This publication has been peer reviewed. UNL Extension publications are available online at The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved.
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