The 2001 edition of the Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide, which reports what farmers paid last season for custom services such as tillage, applying fertilizer and harvesting various crops, is available from University of Wisconsin Extension.
Data for the guide came from 4,000 respondents to a survey conducted last fall. They included farmers who hired work last year, custom operators who performed the work and machinery dealers who rent equipment. The guide can help determine appropriate charges for custom farm work, machinery or land rental, and labor during the 2002 growing season.
The report is available from Wisconsin county extension offices, or log on to www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/facstaff/rateguide.html