The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Neighborhoods Farm

June 22, 2014

Extension Talk

Information on custom rates and tree diseases

Hello, Ashtabula County. I cannot believe that June is already half over! The heavy rains this week have really put a crimp on local farmers making hay and finishing soybean planting.

The hay is ready to be cut; however we have not had long enough stretches to allow for proper drying. Here is hoping that this week will be better.

Today, I would like to share information on the newly released 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rates and share some information on some tree diseases that we are seeing locally.

Many farmers do not own equipment for every possible job they may encounter in the course of operating their farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work.”

Our Extension office receives quite a few calls during the year about what a fair price would be for custom work operations. To help with these questions, OSU Extension publishes the Ohio Farm Custom Rate Factsheet every two years. I am pleased to announce the 2014 factsheet was released earlier this month.

What I like about this factsheet is that is based on survey data which is obtained from farmers across Ohio. This data can be used as a starting point for negotiation. For instance, a landowner may need to hire someone to bale their hay into small square bales. What is fair for this? The 2014 rates indicate the average charge in Ohio is $0.80 per bale with the range from $0.35 to $1.60 per bale. By having both the range and average price it gives room for negotiation between the parties.

The custom rate chart gives ranges for a whole host of operations such as soil preparation, planting, harvesting, fertilizer and chemical application, silage harvest, manure application, drainage tile installation, and general machinery rental. If it is done on the farm, there is a great chance it is in this report.

For farmers wishing to have a copy of the 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rates, you can call the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 to have a copy mailed or emailed to you. A copy of this report can also be found at:

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