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2018 agricultural custom rate survey now available online

published: April 22nd 2019
by: Blair Fannin
source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published online the 2018 Texas Agricultural Custom Rates survey of regional and state rates charged for custom agricultural operations.

“Each year, AgriLife Extension receives many requests for prevailing rates for certain kinds of work and custom farm or machine operations,” said Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station. “This is an update of information that has been used extensively over the years.”

To view current and past custom rate publications, visit .

The online publication is 28 pages. It includes data on the following:

  • Tractor rental.
  • Tillage operations.
  • Planting operations.
  • Application of fertilizer and chemicals.
  • Cotton harvesting.
  • Peanut harvesting, hauling and drying.
  • Combining and hauling grains.
  • Haying and silage operations.
  • Land preparation.
  • Brush control.
  • Miscellaneous livestock operations.

A survey was distributed to select farmers, ranchers, landowners, as well as custom operators across Texas. An online version was also available to the public.

The results help establish a baseline of rates statewide to further assist with questions inquiring about custom-hire activities, Klose said.

“We are very thankful for the people who take the time to complete this survey.  Outside of this survey, market information on specific custom work in Texas is very limited to non-existent,” Klose said. “This publication provides a range of rates for different services. It’s an important information resource whether you are providing or hiring custom services in Texas agriculture.”



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