KTIC Radio Extension Corner: Custom Farm Rate Surveys from Nebraska and Iowa

Listen to this week’s agronomy extension corner on custom farm rate surveys from Nebraska and Iowa:

This is Dr. Nathan Mueller, your local agronomist with Nebraska Extension for Dodge and Washington counties. If you plan to either hire or provide custom harvest and hauling this fall, it is best to determine a fair custom rate before the custom work is done, not after.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University both conduct a survey with custom operators on custom farm rates by operation, such as price per acre for harvesting soybeans including the tractor and grain cart.

Four values are reported for each operation in these two surveys:

  • the average rate or charge
  • most common rate or median charge
  • the range of rates
  • and the number of custom operators who responded

For example in the East Central District where Dodge and Washington counties are located, the average rate for combining irrigated corn including the tractor and grain cart  was 37.71/acre, the most common rate was 35/acre, and the range was 30 to 48/acre and these values were based on 17 custom operators in the district.

Based on responses in East Central Nebraska, here is a quick list of the rates charged for the most common custom operation rates that I often get questions on:

  • Combining irrigated corn including the tractor and grain cart at $35/acre
  • Combining rainfed corn including the tractor and grain cart at $30/acre
  • Combining soybeans including the tractor and gain cart at $35/acre

Based on response just across the river in Iowa

  • Combining corn including the tractor and grain cart at $41/acre
  • Combining soybeans including the tractor and gain cart at $40/acre

For more information about custom farm rate survey results from Nebraska and Iowa, contact me at 727-2775 or visit our locally-focused website at croptechcafe.org to find digital copies of these surveys. Know your crop, know your tech, know your bottom line. This is Dr. Nathan Mueller, your local agronomist for Nebraska Extension on KTIC radio.

KTIC Radio Extension Corner: Custom Farm Rate Surveys from Nebraska and Iowa
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