September 26, 2023

Ned Birkey

As the spring 2023 planting season winds down, farmers are settling up for custom machine work that they either hired or performed for others. What is a fair amount to charge or to pay for such work?

Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University and other land-grant institutions regularly update their survey of what farmers charge or pay for agronomic services. These rates vary according to labor, fuel, geography, availability of services and other local factors.

Spring planting, tillage and other custom rate numbers for the following items may be helpful for farmers as they settle up accounts. These numbers are average prices; some prices may be higher or lower than a year ago.

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