NDSU releases custom farm work rates survey

Farm Forum

The North Dakota State University Extension Service has released the results of the latest custom farm work rate survey.

The publication, “Custom Farm Work Rates on North Dakota Farms 2013 by North Dakota Farming Regions,” is available at county Extension Service offices. This publication also is available on the NDSU Extension Service farm management Web page at

The custom rate survey is conducted every third year. The 2013 survey summarizes more than 4,800 reports from farmers and ranchers, aerial sprayers, elevators, custom harvesters and other custom operators.

Early season operations including tillage, planting, fertilizer and pesticide application, and haying were surveyed in July and August.

Late-season operations including harvesting, drying and hauling of crops, seed preparation, and hauling hay and livestock were surveyed in September and October. Some miscellaneous operations and custom feeding of livestock are included as well.

The report shows the number of reports for each operation, the range in rates, most frequently reported rate and the average rate for each operation. Custom rates include charges for the equipment, tractor or power unit, fuel, repairs and operator labor.