Custom rate survey

By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, OSU Extension

Custom farming providers and customers often arrive at an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This year we are updating our published custom farm rates for Ohio. We need your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates and hired labor costs in Ohio.

Please download the Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2012 survey and respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement and tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel and lube. If fuel is not included in your custom rate charge there is a place on the survey to indicate this. The survey is available for download as a Word document at:

Surveys can be completed and returned via email, mail or fax. Email to

Fax     (614) 292-4749

Address:   Attn: Barry Ward, The Ohio State University, Department of AEDE, Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1067

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