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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published online the 2013 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 rates for custom operations, visit
The online publication is 32 pages. It includes data on tractor rental, tillage operations, planting operations, 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.
A survey was distributed to select farmers, ranchers, landowners, as well as custom operators across Texas. The results helped establish a baseline of rates statewide to further assist with questions related to custom-hire activities, Klose said.
“Information can be somewhat limited on specific custom work done in parts of Texas,” Klose said. “This publication provides a range of rates for different services, whether you are using or providing those services. It’s a handy resource to have for year-round activities.”