Malatya Haber 2014 custom rate survey results available
Home News Livestock Crops Markets Hay, Range & Pasture Home & Family Classifieds Resources This Week's Journal
Commerical Hay Equipment For The Farm
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer

Farm Survey

Journal Getaways

Reader Comment:
by ohio bo

"An excellent essay on fairs that brought back many memories for me. In my part"....Read the story...
Join other discussions.

2014 custom rate survey results available

The 2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rate survey results are now available, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension farm management specialist says.

These surveys, conducted every two years, consist of two parts, said Roger Wilson, farm management specialist in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Part I contains 110 spring and summer operations including tillage, fertilizing, planting, spraying and waste handling. Part II contains 46 harvesting and 14 miscellaneous operations.

The survey is sent to people who have been identified as doing custom farm work, Wilson said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has divided the state into eight crop-reporting districts. Results from the surveys are tabulated for each of these districts as well as the whole state.

The rates are published online in UNL Extension Circular EC823, 2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part I, and EC826, 2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part II, at and

The rates can also be accessed via the CropWatch website at or the Department of Agricultural Economics website at

Printed copies are available for $3.75 at

Four results are provided for each operation: the number reporting, the average rate of those reporting, the range of replies and the most common rate charged, Wilson said.

A minimum of three replies are required for each operation or the results are not reported.

Rates were compared between 2012 and 2014 for three operations where there were a large number of responses.

The first was disk harrowing, tandem or offset, finishing harrowing per acre. The average rate statewide increased from $9.26 per acre in 2012 to $12.24 in 2014. The most common rate remained $10 per acre for both years.

No-till drilling of soybeans was another category where there was another large number of responses, Wilson said. The average price went from $14.83 per acre in 2012 to $17.04 in 2014. The most common charge remained at $15 per acre for both years.

Combining soybeans was the third operation where rates between 2012 and 2014 were compared. The average rate increased from $29.54 per acre in 2012 to $31.41 per acre in 2014. The most common rate remained $30 per acre for both years.

These three operations were chosen because there were 70 or more responses to them, Wilson said.

“It is interesting that in each case the average went from being less than the most common rate to be greater,” he said. “This indicates there is a reluctance to raise rates by a large number of operators even though average rates are increasing.”

Date: 6/16/2014


Copyright 1995-2014.  High Plains Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Any republishing of these pages, including electronic reproduction of the editorial archives or classified advertising, is strictly prohibited. If you have questions or comments you can reach us at
High Plains Journal 1500 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., P.O. Box 760, Dodge City, KS 67801 or call 1-800-452-7171. Email:


Archives Search

NCBA Convention

United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Inside Futures

Editorial Archives

Browse Archives