AgriLife Extension Wants To Know Custom Ag Rates

Texas AgriLife Extension Service conducting survey of farmers and ranchers.

Published on: Jan 21, 2011

A survey collecting rates charged for custom agricultural operations is being distributed during January to select farmers, ranchers and landowners across Texas, says an AgriLife Extension Service economist.

"Each year, AgriLife Extension receives many requests for prevailing rates for certain kinds of work and custom farm-machine operations," says Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station. "This survey helps us establish a baseline of rates statewide and further assist with questions inquiring about specific custom-hire activities."

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is being distributed by U.S. mail only, Klose says.

Data will be collected on tractor rental, tillage operations, planting, application of fertilizer and lime, chemicals-cotton harvesting, peanut harvesting, hauling and drying, combining and hauling grains, haying and silage operations, land preparation, brush control, other farm and ranch operations, miscellaneous livestock operations and consulting services.

"The final data will be compiled in a survey publication later this spring," Klose says. "Only regional and state averages will be published."

The completed publication will be available online at http://agecoext.tamu.edu/.  Those who do not receive a survey and would like to participate can phone 877-826-7475 or contact Klose at 979-458-1807 or Email to sklose@tamu.edu.