Custom Rate Guide
Current Rate Guide, issued spring of 2018.
The 2017 Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide was compiled by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Wisconsin Field Office,
in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the University of Wisconsin-Extension,
and the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This summary is the result of a mail survey which collected rates paid by farmers for custom work performed in 2017. The figures are
based on reports by farmers who hired custom work, custom operators and farmers who performed custom work, and machinery dealers
who rented out equipment. There were 707 reports compiled.
Thank you to all survey participants who provided data for this publication! Your input made this report possible. Most of the rates in this release include the cost of hiring a machine with fuel and operator, but exclude the cost of any materials. No attempt was made to distinguish between rates charged by custom operators who perform these operations as their main source of income and those who do custom work as a secondary source of income.
This summary makes no effort to evaluate fairness of rates being charged.