Ohio Farm Custom Rates Data

by Bruce Clevenger

Farmers are asked from time to time to perform field operations and other farming practices for neighbors and fellow farmers. How much to charge or pay? is a fair question for either person in these situations. Ohio State University Extension offices receives many calls throughout the year from people looking for guidance. Fortunately, biannually, OSU Extension’s Leader for Agricultural Production Economics, Barry Ward, summarizes survey data to help identify an average and a reasonable range for Ohio Custom Farm Rates on numerous farming practices. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine etc., and the labor for the operation.
The Ohio Farm Custom Rates can be view on-line at the OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics website. The data is a starting point from which farmers and neighbors can determine an agreeable dollar amount to share farm equipment resources.

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