Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Report

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About the report

A survey of agricultural custom operators is conducted in Nebraska every two years. A total of 193 survey responses were received in 2022 with information reflecting the current rates charged by custom operators for machine hire services and other work they provide for neighboring farms and ranches or as part of a business enterprise that covers a broader area. Survey participants identified by Nebraska Extension personnel, or in some cases, self- identified custom operators, received a paper survey or a web link to complete the custom rates survey online.

Actual rates paid for custom services may vary from those listed in these survey results due to differences in the operators responding and those providing services across the State. This report provides a summary of State averages for specific custom operations in Table 1. More detailed information covering results of the custom rates survey by Nebraska Agricultural Statistical Districts is provided in two parts. Part I of the survey focused on spring and summer farm and ranch operations such as planting, tillage, and baling hay. Part II of the custom rates survey included questions about fall operations such as harvesting, hauling grain and livestock, as well as miscellaneous custom work activities on the farm.

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2022 Custom Rates Webinar

Held on July 7, 2022

This webinar recording provides a summary of the newly released 2022 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Report, with information on how the data might be applied.

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New for 2023! Livestock-Related Custom Rates Report

Each year, many Nebraska farmers and ranchers inquire about prevailing rates paid for certain kinds of custom farm services. In addition to the regular biennial custom rates services survey and report, the Center for Agricultural Profitability launched a new survey that provides data for producers and operators that work closely with the livestock industry in Nebraska.

2023 Livestock-Related Custom Rates


Glennis McClure
Extension Educator
Farm and Ranch Management Analyst

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Find more analysis of the 2022 Custom Rates Report in the June 29 edition of "Cornhusker Economics."


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