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2003



RATES PAID BY KANSAS FARMERS



FOR CUSTOM WORK



KANSAS AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE



In Cooperation With



U.S. Department of Agriculture Kansas Department of Agriculture

National Agricultural Statistics Service Division of Statistics





P.O. Box 3534

632 SW Van Buren, Rm. 200

Topeka, Kansas 66601-3534

Phone (785) 233-2230



Compiled by



Joel Golz, Agricultural Statistician Eldon J. Thiessen, State Statistician

Dona Ratliff, Research Analyst Eddie Wells, Deputy State Statistician





Glennis Stock and Patty Dwight, Statistical Assistant

Judy Allison, Editorial Assistant

January 2004



The ranges and averages in this bulletin reflect the rates paid by Kansas farmers during 2003 for various custom operations.



Special thanks are due the almost 1,770 custom operators, farmers, and ranchers who took the time to report the data in this publication. Our appreciation also goes to the Cooperative Extension Service's county agricultural agents who reviewed the survey questionnaire.



Eldon J. Thiessen

State Statistician





KANSAS AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS DISTRICTS



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NC


NE


WC


C


EC


SW


SC


SE








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TABLE OF CONTENTS





Introduction



Grain Harvesting

Wheat

Grain Sorghum

Corn

Soybeans

Sunflowers

Seed Cleaning

(Wheat, Soybeans, Alfalfa, and Red Clover)

Historical Averages

Grain Hauling

(Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Corn, Soybeans, and Sunflowers)

Silage Operations

Haying

Mowing, Swathing, Conditioning, and Sideraking

Baling



Hauling Small Bales

Stacking

Hauling Large Bales

Entire Operation

Rotary Mowing

Tree Shearing

Land Tillage

Disking

Harrowing

Chiseling

Plowing and Undercutting

Field Cultivation

Historical Averages

Planting

Regular-Till Planting

Grass and Legume Seeding

Historical Averages

Minimal-Till or No-Till Planting

Historical Averages

Chemical Applications

Row Crop Cultivation

Dry and Liquid Fertilizers

Anhydrous Ammonia

Herbicides

Insecticides

Historical Averages

Feed Preparation

Historical Averages

Feed Delivery

Machinery Rental

Fence Building

Terracing and Dozing

INTRODUCTION

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This publication reports average rates paid by Kansas farmers for custom work in 2003. The figures come from an annual survey of Kansas farmers, custom operators, coops and elevators. Questionnaires were mailed to about 3,200 operations. Almost 1,570 responded by mail or telephone.



The Custom Rates book is intended to be a guide to help custom operators and farmers reach mutual agreements. The prices reported here should not be regarded as official or established rates. The average figures in this book give equal weight to all reports received.



The prices in this book are charges for machines, power, fuel, and operator. Costs of chemicals, seeds, and most other materials are excluded. The one exception is hay baling materials. Exchange work between farmers is not considered custom work.



There are large variations in the rates charged for specific jobs. For many items, the State averages may not be typical of any particular locale. There are many reasons for price differences. Some farmers may charge lower prices to neighbors, relatives, or close friends. Soil conditions and field sizes are also significant factors. Rates are often lower in western Kansas where the larger farms are well suited to extensive operation with heavy equipment.



The average custom rates charged in 2003 are generally similar to those reported in 2002. At the State level, most average prices changed by less than 10 percent, up or down. Of the more than 130 custom work items or machinery rentals in this report, 74 increased in price, 12 were unchanged, and 48 decreased in price. The report contains historical tables and graphs which show the results of previous surveys.



In the past year we have received many comments about the Custom Rates report from the agricultural community. We appreciate this feedback and encourage readers to continue sharing their ideas and suggestions regarding this survey.



GRAIN HARVESTING

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WHEAT: Rates for custom combining wheat averaged $14.04 per acre with, in most cases, an additional average charge of 13.6 cents per bushel for yields greater than 23 bushels per acre. The per acre rate is up 19 cents from last year. Some respondents reported a flat rate per bushel harvesting charge but there were too few reports to publish the data.



Custom Rates for Combine Harvesting of Wheat, 2003

District No.

of

Reports 1/

Dollars per Acre No.

of

Reports 1/

Extra Charge for

High Yield

Range Avg. per Bu. Above Bushels
NW 71 10.00-15.00 13.41 67 16.3 20
WC 69 10.00-20.00 13.22 59 13.1 21
SW 87 12.00-21.00 13.29 78 13.1 21
NC 73 10.00-18.00 13.29 66 13.2 22
C 87 10.00-20.00 13.44 70 13.3 31
SC 120 12.00-17.00 13.51 106 13.4 21
NE 43 13.00-25.00 16.93 16 13.6 21
EC 42 12.00-22.00 17.07 9 11.8 29
SE 49 10.00-25.00 15.79 13 11.9 26
STATE 641 10.00-25.00 14.04 484 13.6 23

1/ Reports are counted in each district where combining was done; thus some reports are included in more than one district.



Historical Custom Rates for Wheat Harvesting
Year Dollars

Per

Acre

Extra Charge for

High Yield

per

Bushel

Above

Bushels

1988 12.66 11.6 21
1989 12.71 11.6 21
1990 12.83 11.8 21
1991 12.74 11.8 21
1992 12.90 12.1 21
1993 13.05 12.1 20
1994 13.03 12.2 21
1995 13.02 12.2 20
1996 13.32 12.4 20
1997 13.33 12.6 21
1998 13.32 12.6 21
1999 13.29 12.6 21
2000 13.68 12.8 21
2001 13.77 13.1 20
2002 13.80 13.1 22
2003 14.04 13.6 23



 

 

 

 

 

 



GRAIN HARVESTING

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GRAIN SORGHUM: Rates charged for custom harvesting of grain sorghum averaged $15.19 per acre, an increase of 51 cents from last year. Additional charges averaged 13.7 cents per bushel for yields over 35 bushels per acre. Some respondents reported a flat rate per bushel harvesting charge but there were too few reports to publish the data.



Custom Rates for Combine Harvesting of Grain Sorghum, 2003

District No.

of

Reports 1/

Dollars per Acre No.

of

Reports 1/

Extra Charge for

High Yield

Range Avg. per Bu. Above Bushels
NW 37 12.00-20.00 14.19 28 13.4 33
WC 28 12.00-20.00 14.18 24 13.3 34
SW 38 12.00-25.00 14.92 29 13.5 32
NC 46 10.00-25.00 14.24 37 15.9 37
C 45 10.00-20.00 13.91 36 13.2 32
SC 51 12.00-20.00 14.06 42 13.0 35
NE 24 14.00-25.00 17.67 3 14.3 40
EC 20 14.00-25.00 18.65 4 14.8 43
SE 26 13.00-25.00 16.42 9 11.4 44
STATE 315 10.00-25.00 15.19 212 13.7 35

1/ Reports are counted in each district where combining was done; thus some reports are included in more than one district.



Historical Custom Rates for Grain Sorghum Harvesting
Year Dollars

Per

Acre

Extra Charge for

High Yield

per

Bushel

Above

Bushels

1988 13.61 11.9 32
1989 13.58 11.3 34
1990 14.23 11.6 36
1991 13.50 11.8 33
1992 14.15 11.8 36
1993 14.62 12.0 34
1994 14.27 12.0 35
1995 14.27 11.9 36
1996 14.21 12.3 36
1997 14.35 12.5 37
1998 14.42 12.4 37
1999 14.45 12.7 36
2000 14.64 12.6 34
2001 14.58 12.9 35
2002 14.68 13.0 35
2003 15.19 13.7 35


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GRAIN HARVESTING

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CORN: The charge to have corn custom harvested in 2003 was $19.50 per acre with some operators adding an average extra charge of 14.3 cents per bushel for yields above 69 bushels per acre. This is an increase of 35 cents per acre from the previous year.



Custom Rates for Combine Harvesting of Corn, by Districts, 2003

Dist. No.

of

Rpts. 1/

Cents per Bushel No.

of

Rpts. 1/

Dollars per Acre No.

of

Rpts. 1/

Extra Charge for

High Yields

Range Avg. Range Avg. Per

Bushel

Above

Bushels

NW 24 12-45 24 7 14.00-20.00 17.29 5 13.4 60
WC 12 16-30 25 3 13.00-25.00 17.33 2/
SW 32 16-50 26 6 13.00-25.00 19.17 3 15.0 78
NC 5 22-25 23 13 12.00-32.00 20.31 6 14.3 70
C 22 16-28 23 9 12.00-22.00 18.00 4 13.8 60
SC 41 15-32 24 14 12.00-20.00 18.00 6 15.2 75
NE 6 20-27 23 46 15.00-27.00 20.62 6 13.7 77
EC 2/ 36 15.00-25.00 19.58 3 18.3 54
SE 2/ 22 15.00-25.00 19.14 2/
STATE 146 12-50 24 156 12.00-32.00 19.50 37 14.3 69

1/ Reports are counted in districts where combining was done; thus some reports are included in more than one district. 2/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.

 



Historical Custom Rates for Corn Harvesting

Year    Dollars

per Acre

Extra Charge for

High Yield

Flat Rate

Charge

per

Bushel

Above Bushels per

Bushel

1988 17.78 12.2 64 22
1989 18.64 13.0 66 19
1990 18.27 12.1 78 21
1991 18.30 9.5 58 21
1992 18.35 10.7 67 22
1993 18.21 11.8 58 21
1994 18.23 10.1 65 22
1995 17.79 12.4 62 21
1996 18.77 12.6 63 23
1997 18.72 12.3 66 23
1998 18.96 12.7 59 23
1999 19.28 12.0 70 24
2000 19.23 14.7 66 23
2001 19.43 11.9 48 23
2002 19.15 14.8 87 24
2003 19.50 14.3 69 24







 







GRAIN HARVESTING

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SOYBEANS: The charge to harvest soybeans increased by 6 cents per acre to $19.35. Some operators added an extra charge averaging 13.3 cents per bushel for yields above 26 bushels per acre. Some respondents reported a flat rate per bushel harvesting charge but there were too few reports to publish the data.



Custom Rates for Combine Harvesting of Soybeans, 2003

District No. of

Rpts. 1/

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts. 1/

Extra Charge for High Yield
Range Avg. per Bu. Above Bushels
NW 22 13.00-25.00 19.77 8 12.5 28
WC 7 11.00-25.00 19.57 4 12.5 33
SW 19 13.00-26.00 20.42 7 13.7 26
NC 32 12.00-25.00 19.94 7 14.1 21
C 33 13.00-28.00 18.97 10 13.2 24
SC 50 12.00-27.00 19.28 16 13.8 27
NE 50 14.00-25.00 20.56 2/
EC 47 15.00-25.00 19.00 3 11.7 27
SE 35 15.00-25.00 17.43 5 12.2 30
STATE 295 11.00-28.00 19.35 61 13.3 26

1/ Reports are counted in each district where combining was done; thus some reports are included in more than one district. 2/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.

 

 

 



Historical Custom Rates for Soybean Harvesting
Year Dollars

Per

Acre

Extra Charge for

High Yield

per

Bushel

Above

Bushels

1988 17.31 12.1 24
1989 17.58 12.3 26
1990 17.92 13.0 25
1991 18.07 12.1 22
1992 18.63 12.5 22
1993 17.96 12.5 23
1994 18.15 12.2 25
1995 17.65 12.2 25
1996 18.54 12.7 24
1997 18.68 12.4 26
1998 18.85 12.8 27
1999 18.69 13.0 25
2000 19.15 12.5 25
2001 19.48 12.7 24
2002 19.29 13.4 28
2003 19.35 13.3 26


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GRAIN HARVESTING

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SUNFLOWERS: Custom harvesting of sunflowers averaged $18.90 per acre in 2003. This compares to the average of $17.80 per acre in 2002.



Custom Rates for Combine Harvesting of Sunflowers, 2003

Dist. Number

of

Rpts. 1/

Dollars per Acre
Range Avg.
NW 11 13.00-23.00 19.36
WC 6 18.00-23.00 20.17
SW 9 17.00-22.00 19.44
NC 10 13.00-25.00 18.10
C 4 17.00-20.00 18.25
SC 8 14.00-23.00 18.63
NE 2/
EC 2/
SE 2/
ST 52 13.00-25.00 18.90





Historical Custom Rates for Sunflower Harvesting
Year Dollars per Acre Extra Charges for

High Yield

per

Bushel

Above

Bushels

1993 16.06 12.0 27
1994 16.55 11.3 37
1995 16.52 2/ 2/
1996 17.10 11.0 30
1997 17.69 11.6 18
1998 16.94 11.9 37
1999 18.35 12.0 34
2000 16.33 12.7 30
2001 17.93 13.8 26
2002 17.80 13.1 21
2003 18.90 13.7 20

1/ Reports are counted in each district where combining was done; thus, some reports are included in more than one district. 2/ Insufficient data to publish; included in State totals.





















SEED CLEANING

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Wheat seed cleaning with treatment averaged 90 cents per bushel. Rates for cleaning wheat without treatment averaged 48 cents per bushel. The average cost for cleaning soybeans with treatment was $1.10 per bushel, while the cost excluding treatment averaged 50 cents. Cleaning alfalfa seed without treatment cost 33 cents per pound. There were not enough reports for cleaning red clover or alfalfa seed with treatment to be published.



Custom Rates for Seed Cleaning, 2003

Dist. WHEAT SOYBEANS
With Treatment Without Treatment With Treatment Without Treatment
Number

of

Rpts.

Cents per

Bushel

Number

of

Rpts.

Cents per

Bushel

Number

of

Rpts.

Cents per

Bushel

Number

of

Rpts.

Cents per

Bushel

Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW 6 45-135 71 12 30-65 41 - -
WC 6 35-130 68 12 30-50 41 - -
SW - 15 40-65 46 - -
NC 13 50-165 90 24 25-100 49 1/ 6 50-60 53
C 18 40-215 102 30 40-75 53 1/ 4 40-60 48
SC 14 30-210 95 40 25-100 46 - 1/
NE 4 30-180 113 6 35-83 51 1/ 1/
EC 3 40-130 87 6 35-75 53 1/ 1/
SE 5 45-190 106 14 25-50 41 3 45-190 95 7 25-60 41
ST 69 30-215 90 159 25-100 48 8 45-190 110 22 25-83 50

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



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Historical Custom Rates for Seed Cleaning

Crop

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Wheat (Cents/Bushel)
With Treatment 87 91 94 103 86 90
Without Treatment 43 44 46 46 46 48
Soybeans (Cents/Bushel)
With Treatment 68 109 81 126 137 110
Without Treatment 44 46 46 50 47 50
Alfalfa (Cents/Pound)
With Treatment 1/ 1/ - 1/ 1/ 1/
Without Treatment 22 18 1/ 13 25 33
Red Clover (Cents/Pound)
With Treatment 1/ 1/ - 1/ 1/ 1/
Without Treatment 20 13 1/ 12 27 1/

1/ Insufficient data to publish; included in State totals.



GRAIN HAULING

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Custom rates for hauling wheat, grain sorghum, corn, and soybeans from the field to farm or to the nearest elevator increased from 2002 to 2003. The overall average charge for these four crops was 13.1 cents per bushel with an extra charge of 1.1 cents per bushel per mile over 15 miles. This compares with 2002 averages of 13.6 cents per bushel plus the 1.1 cent a bushel per mile over 16 miles. Only reports which included both a mileage limit and a per mile charge for additional miles were tabulated in the over basic mileage column.



Custom Rates for Hauling Grain from Field to Farm Storage

Or Elevator, 2003

District No.

of

Reports

Cents

per Bu.

Miles

Limit

Cents/bu.

/Mile

Over Basic

Mileage

No.

of

Reports

Cents

per Bu.

Miles

Limit

Cents/bu.

/Mile

Over Basic

Mileage

Wheat

Grain Sorghum

NW 46 13.1 14 0.9 21 13.0 14 0.7
WC 56 13.6 12 1.1 20 13.2 12 1.0
SW 49 13.0 13 0.8 12 12.9 10 1.0
NC 60 13.1 13 1.1 35 13.1 13 1.0
C 55 12.7 14 0.7 22 12.5 17 0.7
SC 97 13.1 14 1.5 35 17.9 14 1.1
NE 32 13.7 22 1.0 18 12.8 23 1.2
EC 23 11.1 13 1.6 13 11.6 14 2.0
SE 33 12.9 11 0.9 19 12.7 11 0.9
STATE 451 13.0 14 1.0 195 13.7 14 0.9

Corn

Soybeans

NW 9 12.3 16 0.6 13 12.2 11 0.9
WC 5 11.2 16 1.0 1/
SW 8 10.5 14 1.3 6 13.8 8 1.3
NC 8 13.5 17 1.5 14 12.7 15 1.5
C 9 10.9 19 0.8 18 11.7 16 0.8
SC 20 10.2 14 1.2 27 12.6 13 1.0
NE 35 12.0 25 1.2 32 12.6 23 1.3
EC 20 11.0 14 1.7 25 12.1 17 1.8
SE 17 11.1 12 1.0 19 11.9 12 0.9
STATE 131 11.4 17 1.1 156 12.4 16 1.1
Region No.

of

Reports

Cents per Cwt. Miles Limit Cents/Cwt.

/Mile

Over Basic

Mileage

Sunflowers

West 6 20.2 10 0.7
Central 5 23.2 - -
Eastern 1/
State 13 20.2 9 0.8

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



SILAGE OPERATIONS

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Custom rates for silage operations were separated into four categories: 1) chopping, hauling, and filling the silo, 2) chopping and hauling, 3) chopping only, and 4) hauling only. The average rate per ton for the complete silage operation was $5.40 per ton, down from $5.68 in 2002. Operations which included only chopping and hauling averaged $4.87 per ton, down 9 cents from 2002, chopping averaged $3.54, compared to $3.17 in 2002, and hauling only averaged $2.24, down from $2.29 last year.



Custom Rates for Making Silage, per Ton, 2003

District Chopping, Hauling, & Filling Silo Chopping & Hauling
No. of Rpts. Dollars per Ton No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Ton
Range Average Range Average
NW 1/ 10 4.50-5.00 4.73
WC 1/ 6 4.50-5.00 4.67
SW 5 5.25-6.50 5.95 8 4.35-5.25 4.68
NC 1/ 12 4.50-6.00 5.13
C 8 4.25-6.00 4.91 9 4.00-6.00 4.97
SC 12 4.85-6.00 5.65 14 3.00-5.00 4.66
NE 12 4.25-7.50 5.44 6 4.50-6.50 5.08
EC 1/ 6 4.85-5.50 5.12
SE 1/ 1/
STATE 47 4.25-7.50 5.40 72 3.00-6.50 4.87

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.





Silage Chopping, Hauling, 2003

Chopping Only Hauling Only
District No. of Rpts. Dollars per Ton No. of Rpts. Dollars per Ton
Range Average Range Average
NW 5 2.25-4.50 3.15 1/
WC 1/ 5 2.10-2.25 2.20
SW 7 2.25-5.50 3.50 5 2.10-2.50 2.30
NC 1/ 1/
C 5 4.00-6.00 4.75 3 2.00-2.50 2.23
SC 8 2.50-5.00 3.26 7 2.00-2.35 2.17
NE 3 2.70-4.50 3.73 1/
EC 1/ -
SE - -
STATE 33 2.25-6.00 3.54 25 2.00-2.50 2.24

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



HAYING

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Mowing or swathing hay cost an average of $8.27 per acre, 15 cents less than in 2002. Mowing or swathing forage cost $9.77 per acre on average. Mowing or swathing with conditioning was $8.68 per acre, 9 cents higher than the 2002 average. The average charge for sideraking hay in 2003 was $2.72 per acre, 23 cents lower than the previous year.



Custom Rates for Mowing or Swathing, 2003

District Hay Forage
No. of Rpts. Dollars per Acre No. of Rpts. Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 9 6.00-11.00 8.83 10 9.00-12.00 10.95
WC 13 6.00-10.00 8.96 11 8.00-12.00 9.64
SW 14 8.00-14.00 9.11 13 7.50-14.00 9.73
NC 22 6.00-12.00 8.07 11 6.00-12.00 9.45
C 32 7.00-11.00 8.28 11 8.00-12.00 9.91
SC 39 6.00-10.00 8.19 24 7.00-13.00 9.74
NE 23 5.00-12.00 7.85 1/
EC 14 7.00-9.00 7.77 1/
SE 29 7.00-12.00 8.21 6 8.00-10.00 8.75
STATE 195 5.00-14.00 8.27 90 6.00-14.00 9.77






Custom Rates for Swathing & Conditioning and Sideraking, 2003

District Swathing and Conditioning Sideraking
No. of Rpts. Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 18 6.00-12.00 9.31 9 1.00-5.00 2.28
WC 14 8.00-12.00 9.57 4 1.75-3.00 2.19
SW 29 7.50-12.00 8.88 11 1.00-5.00 3.39
NC 25 6.00-13.00 8.54 10 2.50-4.00 2.91
C 35 7.00-12.00 8.56 16 2.00-5.00 3.06
SC 68 6.00-12.00 8.49 20 1.00-3.75 2.75
NE 18 7.00-12.00 9.08 9 2.00-4.00 2.78
EC 19 6.00-10.00 8.21 13 1.00-4.50 2.88
SE 25 7.00-10.00 8.41 18 1.00-5.00 2.75
STATE 251 6.00-13.00 8.68 110 1.00-5.00 2.72





HAYING

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Custom baling of small square bales with wire cost an average of 57 cents per bale while baling with twine averaged 62 cents in 2003. Large round bales weighing under 1500 lbs. without net wrapping cost an average of $7.67 per bale while bales with net wrapping cost an average of $8.08 per bale. Large round bales weighing over 1500 lbs. without net wrapping cost an average of $7.88 per bale. Bales of the same size but being net wrapped cost an average of $8.94 per bale. The charge for large square bales weighing about one ton averaged $12.41, up $1.21 from 2002.



Custom Rates for Baling Hay, 2003

Type of Bale No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Bale
Range Average
Small: Square w/Wire 61 0.25-1.25 0.57
Square w/Twine 60 0.30-1.25 0.62
Large: Round (under 1,500 lbs.) wo/net 220 4.00-15.00 7.67
Round (under 1,500 lbs.) w/net 114 4.00-13.00 8.08
Round (over 1,500 lbs.) wo/net 127 5.00-12.00 7.88
Round (over 1,500 lbs.) w/net 105 5.00-17.00 8.94
Square (approx. 1 ton) 39 6.00-23.00 12.41



Custom Rates for Baling, Square Bales, 2003

District Small Square With Wire Small Square With Twine Large Square
No.

of

Rpts.

Cents per Bale No.

of

Rpts.

Cents per Bale No.

of

Rpts.

Dollars per Bale
Range Average Range Average Range Average
NW - 4 50-75 64 1/
WC 1/ 3 40-70 53 4 10.00-13.00 12.00
SW 1/ 14 50-100 66 5 10.00-16.00 12.60
NC 1/ 5 30-52 42 4 8.00-14.00 11.00
C 3 50-100 67 10 45-125 68 7 11.00-20.00 14.90
SC 14 40-65 52 6 40-55 48 8 7.00-16.00 12.60
NE 10 25-100 59 5 35-60 47 1/
EC 11 40-65 55 11 50-100 72 4 7.00-23.00 14.00
SE 18 40-80 53 1/ 4 8.00-14.00 11.00
STATE 61 25-125 57 60 30-125 62 39 6.00-23.00 12.41

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



Custom Rates for Baling, Large Round Bales, 2003

Without Net With Net
Dist. Under 1,500 lbs. Over 1,500 lbs. Under 1,500 lbs. Over 1,500 lbs.
No. of

Rpts.

Dol. per Bale No.

of

Rpts.

Dol. per Bale No.

of

Rpts.

Dol. per Bale No. of

Rpts.

Dol. per Bale
Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW 16 6.00-8.50 7.06 7 5.00-10.00 7.29 6 6.00-8.50 6.75 8 6.00-9.00 7.75
WC 12 5.00-9.00 6.73 11 6.00-10.00 7.41 8 4.00-12.00 8.56 6 5.00-11.00 8.83
SW 13 7.00-15.00 9.67 7 8.00-12.00 10.97 11 8.00-13.00 9.59 13 8.00-13.00 9.40
NC 23 6.00-8.75 7.09 15 5.50-9.00 7.62 16 6.00-10.00 7.70 4 6.00-9.00 7.63
C 28 5.50-10.00 7.26 22 6.00-9.00 7.27 16 6.00-11.75 7.66 16 7.00-13.00 8.56
SC 38 6.00-14.00 7.58 26 6.00-10.00 7.73 25 7.00-10.00 8.28 30 7.00-11.00 8.82
NE 29 4.00-14.00 7.57 20 6.50-10.00 7.95 14 5.50-10.00 8.04 14 7.00-15.00 9.54
EC 25 5.00-12.00 7.89 3 6.50-8.00 7.17 8 7.00-13.00 8.31 5 6.00-13.00 9.20
SE 36 6.00-13.00 8.27 16 7.00-11.75 8.45 10 6.00-8.50 7.45 9 8.00-17.00 10.00
STATE 220 4.00-15.00 7.67 127 5.00-12.00 7.88 114 4.00-13.00 8.08 105 5.00-17.00 8.94

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



HAYING

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Custom rates for hauling small bales from field to farm storage averaged 46 cents per bale in 2003, down 3 cents from 2002. Rates for hauling large bales average $3.14 per bale or $4.90 per ton. The custom rate for stacking hay in stacks of 4-6 tons averaged $48.75 and compares to $48.00 in 2002.



Custom Rates for Hauling Small Bales from Field to Storage, 2003

District No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Bale
Range Average
NW 1/
WC 1/
SW 6 30-100 48
NC 1/
C -
SC 4 40-50 43
NE 1/
EC 9 35-55 46
SE 14 25-60 47
STATE 38 25-100 46

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.







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Custom Rates for Stacking Hay, 2003

Stack Size

(Tons)

No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Stack
Range Average
4-6 6 25.00-60.00 48.75
Over 6 -















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Custom Rates for Hauling Large Bales from Field to Storage, 2003

District No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Bale No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Ton
Range Average Range Average
NW 6 2.00-6.00 4.00 1/
WC 10 2.00-5.00 3.33 3 2.50-5.00 3.67
SW 12 2.00-8.50 3.40 1/
NC 4 2.00-5.00 3.00 1/
C 10 1.00-5.00 2.50 1/
SC 19 1.00-8.00 3.61 5 2.00-5.00 4.15
NE 12 1.50-5.00 3.08 1/
EC 12 1.00-5.00 2.81 1/
SE 20 1.00-5.00 2.80 -
STATE 105 1.00-8.50 3.14 18 2.00-8.00 4.90

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.









HAYING

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Rates per bale for the entire haying operation, including cutting, baling, hauling, and stacking, at $1.29 per small bale, were up 11 cents from 2002. Large bales, at $14.22 per bale, were up 32 cents from 2002. Rates reported on a per ton basis averaged $24.86, down from the 2002 figure of $24.91.



Custom Rates for Entire Haying Operation, per Bale, 2003

District Small Bales Large Bales
No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Bale No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Bale
Range Average Range Average
NW - -
WC - -
SW 1/ 5 11.00-24.00 17.20
NC - 1/
C - 1/
SC 1/ 1/
NE 1/ 3 15.00-18.00 16.67
EC 4 110-150 120 12 10.00-20.00 13.63
SE 4 125-130 128 14 10.00-20.00 13.50
STATE 13 110-150 129 39 10.00-24.00 14.22

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.

Custom Rates for Entire Haying Operation, per Ton, 2003

Region No. of

Reports

Dollars per Ton Region No. of

Reports

Dollars per Ton
Range Average Range Average
WEST 9 18.00-28.00 23.56 EAST 4 20.00-30.00 26.50
CENTRAL 1/ STATE 14 18.00-30.00 24.86

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.

ROTARY MOWING AND TREE SHEARING

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The average custom rate for rotary mowing was $7.72 per acre or $43.91 per hour in 2003. In 2002, charges were $7.58 per acre or $52.33 per hour.



Custom Rates for Rotary Mowing, 2003

Dist. No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Hour
Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW 1/ 1/
WC 1/ -
SW 1/ -
NC 1/ -
C - 1/
SC 3 8.00-8.00 8.00 1/
NE 4 5.25-7.50 6.26 1/
EC 3 8.00-10.00 9.17 4 40.00-65.00 52.50
SE 7 6.00-9.00 7.64 1/
STATE 23 5.00-11.00 7.72 12 20.00-65.00 43.91

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



Skid Loader Tree Shearing, 2003

Dist. No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Hour
Range Avg.
NW -
WC -
SW -
NC -
C 1/
SC 4 40.00-65.00 52.50
NE 9 30.00-70.00 47.22
EC 1/
SE 5 32.00-80.00 46.40
STATE 21 30.00-80.00 49.00

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



LAND TILLAGE

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Custom rates for tillage operations vary depending on the area of the State, type of soil tillage practice, size of fields and size of equipment. Average charges for regular disking were $6.42 per acre, up 8 cents per acre from the 2002 rate. The average charge per acre for one-way disking was $6.50, 9 cents higher than the 2002 figure of $6.41. The average offset disking charge of $7.02 was up 30 cents an acre from the 2002 rate.



Custom Rates for Disking, 2003

Dist. Disking One-Way Disk Offset Disk
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW 9 4.25-6.50 5.31 1/ 7 4.00-7.00 5.57
WC 1/ - 4 4.75-6.50 5.69
SW 12 4.00-10.00 6.48 - 6 6.00-12.00 8.50
NC 6 5.00-8.00 6.33 - 4 6.00-8.00 6.88
C 15 4.00-8.00 6.07 1/ 8 5.00-8.00 5.88
SC 8 5.00-10.00 6.63 - 8 6.00-10.00 7.22
NE 9 6.00-8.00 7.39 - 3 8.50-10.00 9.50
EC 7 5.00-9.00 6.93 1/ 3 5.25-8.00 6.83
SE 12 3.00-8.50 6.54 1/ 8 6.00-12.00 8.00
STATE 79 3.00-10.00 6.42 5 5.00-9.50 6.50 51 4.00-12.00 7.02

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



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In 2003, charges for spiketooth harrowing averaged $5.33, an increase of 48 cents per acre. The average for springtooth harrowing in 2003 is $4.17 per acre.



Custom Rates for Harrowing, 2003

District Spiketooth Harrow Springtooth Harrow
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 1/ -
WC - 1/
SW 3 5.00-8.00 6.66 -
NC 1/ -
C 3 4.00-6.00 5.00 3 2.00-5.50 3.83
SC 7 2.00-8.00 5.43 1/
NE 1/ -
EC 1/ -
SE 1/ 1/
STATE 20 2.00-8.00 5.33 6 2.00-6.00 4.17

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



LAND TILLAGE

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Rates for custom chiseling 4-12 inches deep averaged $8.02 per acre, a 41 cent per acre increase from the 2002 rate. Deep chiseling, over 12 inches deep, averaged $8.94 per acre, a decrease of $1.39 from the 2002 average.



Custom Rates for Chiseling, 2003

District Chisel (4-12") Deep Chisel (Over 12")
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 5 5.50-8.00 6.30 3 8.00-10.00 9.00
WC 1/ 1/
SW 8 5.25-12.00 7.69 5 6.50-9.00 7.70
NC 1/ -
C 4 4.00-7.50 5.88 6 5.25-14.00 7.13
SC 5 4.00-15.00 8.05 3 8.00-14.00 10.67
NE 9 8.00-12.00 9.78 1/
EC 5 6.00-9.00 7.60 1/
SE 6 7.00-10.00 8.83 3 12.00-14.00 12.83
STATE 45 4.00-15.00 8.02 25 5.25-14.00 8.94

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



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The average moldboard plowing rate increased 53 cents per acre to $9.98, while undercutting operations averaged $5.47 an acre, up 9 cents from 2002.





Custom Rates for Plowing and Undercutting, 2003

District Moldboard Plow Undercutter (Large "V" Blade)
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 3 5.00-8.00 6.33 19 4.00-7.00 5.05
WC - 31 3.50-6.50 5.03
SW 1/ 18 3.50-10.00 5.68
NC 1/ 6 4.75-8.00 6.63
C 3 7.00-9.00 8.33 12 5.00-7.00 5.74
SC 6 8.00-13.00 10.17 1/
NE 6 9.00-14.00 11.83 1/
EC 4 8.00-17.00 10.94 -
SE 3 10.00-12.00 10.67 -
STATE 28 5.00-17.00 9.98 88 3.50-12.00 5.47

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.





LAND TILLAGE

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The shank cultivator rate was $6.18 and wheel springtooth cultivation averaged $5.27 per acre. The table at the bottom shows historical average custom rate charges for land tillage in Kansas.





Custom Rates for Field Cultivation, 2003





District
Shank Cultivator Wheel Springtooth Cultivator
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 5 5.00-6.50 5.45 1/
WC 1/ -
SW 6 5.00-8.00 6.29 1/
NC 8 5.00-8.00 6.59 -
C 16 3.00-7.00 5.23 1/
SC 9 5.75-12.00 7.25 1/
NE 12 5.50-9.00 7.10 1/
EC 12 4.00-9.00 6.19 -
SE 17 2.00-10.00 5.88 3 3.50-6.00 4.83
STATE 87 2.00-12.00 6.18 11 2.00-8.00 5.27

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



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Custom Rates for Land Tillage, Historical Averages

Type of Operation 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Dollars per Acre

Disking 5.60 5.46 5.53 5.79 5.70 6.02 6.48 6.34 6.42
One-Way Disk 5.58 5.42 5.05 5.60 5.65 6.36 6.21 6.11 6.50
Offset Disk 5.74 6.02 6.17 6.16 6.29 6.76 6.54 6.72 7.02
Spiketooth Harrow 4.21 4.17 4.65 4.73 4.59 4.56 4.80 4.82 5.33
Springtooth Harrow 4.13 4.34 4.79 4.61 4.50 4.93 5.20 4.03 4.17
Chisel 4-12" 6.76 7.21 6.70 6.96 7.00 7.44 7.79 7.61 8.02
Deep Chisel Over 12" 8.24 8.24 8.76 8.61 8.84 9.13 9.54 10.33 8.94
Moldboard Plow 8.99 8.23 8.95 9.10 9.15 9.00 8.98 9.45 9.98
Undercutter 4.91 4.98 4.86 5.02 5.21 5.49 5.38 5.38 5.47
Shank Cultivator 5.17 5.33 5.33 5.42 5.57 5.66 5.92 6.16 6.18
Wheel Springtooth

Cultivator



4.55


4.70


4.74


5.08


5.36


5.20


5.36


5.67


5.27




PLANTING (Regular-Till)

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Small grain seeding charges averaged $7.38 per acre, an increase of 25 cents per acre. Grain sorghum charges increased by 42 cents per acre, to $8.55 per acre, in 2003. The average price charged for planting corn was $8.95 per acre, compared to $8.54 per acre in 2002. Soybean seeding charges averaged $9.06 per acre in 2003. This is an increase of 59 cents per acre from last year. The grass seeding rate increased by 84 cents an acre, to $10.61 per acre, in 2003. The price for seeding alfalfa-legumes averaged $10.29 an acre.



Custom Rates for Regular-Till Planting, 2003

District No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average

Small Grains

Grain Sorghum

NW 24 4.00-12.00 6.67 6 8.00-9.00 8.58
WC 26 4.00-10.00 6.27 13 6.00-10.00 7.92
SW 28 4.00-11.00 7.08 18 5.25-12.00 8.38
NC 15 5.50-12.00 7.85 15 6.00-12.00 8.23
C 24 5.50-15.00 7.01 16 5.00-10.50 8.28
SC 23 5.00-14.00 7.84 15 5.00-13.00 9.64
NE 12 7.00-13.00 9.83 8 7.00-13.00 10.06
EC 14 5.00-12.00 7.82 6 6.00-12.00 8.92
SE 16 5.00-15.00 8.00 12 5.00-15.00 7.67
STATE 182 4.00-15.00 7.38 109 5.00-15.00 8.55

Corn

Soybeans

NW 4 4.00-9.00 7.38 4 8.00-10.00 9.25
WC 6 8.00-10.00 8.83 6 6.00-10.00 8.08
SW 13 7.00-12.00 8.58 3 7.00-11.50 9.00
NC 8 7.00-10.00 8.19 7 8.00-12.00 8.93
C 9 9.00-13.00 10.44 11 5.00-13.00 9.36
SC 11 7.00-17.00 10.23 10 7.00-13.00 9.70
NE 16 6.00-3.00 9.44 13 6.00-13.00 9.77
EC 16 5.00-12.00 8.28 15 6.50-12.00 8.97
SE 10 5.00-15.00 8.25 9 5.00-15.00 7.83
STATE 93 4.00-17.00 8.95 78 5.00-15.00 9.06

Grass Seeding

Alfalfa-legume Seeding

NW 3 9.00-15.00 11.33 3 12.00-15.00 13.00
WC 1/ 1/
SW - 4 7.00-9.00 8.25
NC 3 9.00-10.00 9.67 4 10.00-15.00 11.75
C 1/ 10 4.50-13.50 9.35
SC 1/ 6 10.00-12.00 10.50
NE - 1/
EC 4 6.50-15.00 10.63 1/
SE 6 6.00-15.00 12.00 1/
STATE 22 6.00-15.00 10.61 31 4.50-15.00 10.29

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



PLANTING

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Custom Rates for Regular-Till Planting, Kansas Historical Averages

Crops 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Dollars per Acre
Small Grains 5.34 5.52 5.71 5.94 6.07 6.22 6.10 6.49 7.13 7.38
Grain Sorghum 6.10 6.40 6.65 6.82 7.08 7.13 6.98 7.72 8.13 8.55
Corn 6.33 6.81 7.19 7.28 7.36 7.53 7.77 8.19 8.54 8.95
Soybeans 6.27 6.69 6.97 7.06 7.38 7.46 8.23 8.17 8.47 9.06
Grass 7.19 7.93 8.50 8.27 7.82 8.37 8.68 8.92 9.77 10.61
Alfalfa-Legume 6.41 7.24 7.29 7.42 7.41 7.76 7.46 8.59 9.83 10.29






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PLANTING (Minimum-Till)

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Rates for minimum-Till planting of small grains averaged $10.36 per acre, up from $10.11 in 2002. Minimum-Till grain sorghum planting averaged $10.19, up 28 cents from last year's rate. Corn planting averaged $10.31 per acre, a 27 cent increase. Soybean planting averaged $10.90, compared to last year's average of $10.46 per acre.



Custom Rates for Minimum-Till or No-Till Planting, 2003

District No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average

Small Grains

Grain Sorghum

NW 17 8.00-15.00 10.29 12 6.00-15.00 9.21
WC 18 5.50-12.00 9.12 16 6.50-11.00 9.17
SW 21 7.00-12.50 9.86 13 5.00-12.00 8.75
NC 19 7.00-16.00 11.13 21 7.00-16.00 10.21
C 22 6.50-15.00 11.02 22 7.00-16.00 10.89
SC 9 8.00-14.00 9.89 12 9.00-14.00 10.92
NE 21 8.00-15.00 11.10 12 10.00-14.00 11.56
EC 13 7.00-14.00 10.27 10 8.50-15.00 11.05
SE 13 6.00-15.00 10.04 9 7.00-15.00 9.94
STATE 153 5.50-16.00 10.36 127 5.00-16.00 10.19

Corn

Soybeans

NW 16 6.00-15.00 9.25 3 6.00-15.00 10.33
WC 6 8.00-10.00 8.79 5 8.00-10.00 8.95
SW 7 7.50-12.50 10.07 5 8.00-18.00 11.90
NC 10 8.00-16.00 10.45 10 9.00-16.00 11.30
C 10 10.00-15.00 11.70 16 8.00-18.00 12.28
SC 10 9.00-14.00 10.80 6 9.00-13.00 10.67
NE 24 8.00-14.00 11.28 26 8.00-14.00 11.11
EC 14 6.00-16.00 10.11 19 6.00-15.00 10.29
SE 10 7.00-15.00 8.95 12 7.00-15.00 9.88
STATE 107 6.00-16.00 10.31 102 6.00-18.00 10.90



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Custom Rates for Minimum-Till or No-Till Plantings,

Historical Averages

Crops 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Dollars per Acre

Small Grains 8.31 9.26 8.88 8.91 9.76 9.77 9.89 10.11 10.36
Grain Sorghum 7.70 8.06 8.12 8.70 8.85 9.16 9.56 9.91 10.19
Corn 8.39 8.44 8.46 8.65 8.96 9.40 10.00 10.04 10.31
Soybeans 8.61 8.87 8.88 9.29 9.61 9.96 10.50 10.46 10.90





CHEMICAL APPLICATIONS

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The custom rates for chemical applications presented here include the cost of machine, power, and operator, but the cost of the chemicals is excluded. Rates charged for crop cultivation with fertilizer application averaged $6.64 per acre, while cultivation without fertilizer application averaged $5.95. This compares with $6.19 and $6.01 per acre, respectively, in 2002.



Custom Rates for Row Crop Cultivation, 2003

Region With Fertilizer Without Fertilizer
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
WEST 9 5.40-10.00 7.07 12 5.00-9.00 6.54
CENTRAL 6 3.50-13.00 5.99 7 4.20-7.00 5.45
EAST - 4 4.00-6.00 5.06
STATE 15 3.50-13.00 6.64 23 4.00-9.00 5.95

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.







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Dry fertilizer applications averaged $3.68 per acre, 10 cents more than in 2002. Liquid fertilizer was applied for an average charge of $3.78 per acre, up 6 cents from last year.



Custom Rates for Fertilizer Application, 2003

District Dry Fertilizer Liquid Fertilizer
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 18 3.00-4.25 3.72 28 2.50-5.00 3.79
WC 12 3.00-4.00 3.60 21 3.00-6.00 3.85
SW 19 3.00-6.00 3.67 26 3.00-5.00 3.98
NC 37 2.50-4.25 3.78 40 3.00-4.25 3.77
C 41 2.50-4.50 3.55 50 2.50-6.50 3.52
SC 51 2.00-5.00 3.42 49 2.50-6.00 3.43
NE 48 2.60-5.00 4.04 47 3.25-5.00 4.30
EC 29 3.00-5.70 4.00 25 2.00-5.70 4.11
SE 44 2.00-4.50 3.42 38 2.50-4.50 3.58
STATE 299 2.00-5.70 3.68 324 2.00-6.50 3.78

CHEMICAL APPLICATIONS

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Custom chemical applicators charged an average of $6.18 per acre to apply anhydrous ammonia, 28 cents more than the 2002 average.





Custom Rates for Application of

Anhydrous Ammonia, 2003

District No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average
NW 6 4.00-10.00 6.50
WC 7 3.00-7.50 5.14
SW 10 4.00-8.00 6.18
NC 4 7.00-8.00 7.38
C 11 3.50-9.00 6.75
SC 9 2.50-7.00 4.44
NE 17 2.00-11.00 6.94
EC 10 3.00-10.50 6.28
SE 3 3.50-7.00 4.83
STATE 77 2.00-11.00 6.18



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The average cost for aerial application of herbicide was $4.30 per acre, down 22 cents from 2002. When herbicides were applied with a ground rig, the average cost was $3.85, 4 cents above 2002.





Custom Rates for Herbicide Application, 2003

District Aerial Ground Rig
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 9 3.50-5.50 4.47 26 3.00-4.50 3.79
WC 6 3.00-7.30 4.47 29 3.25-4.00 3.63
SW 9 2.75-5.50 4.18 33 3.00-5.00 3.75
NC 11 3.00-6.25 4.05 43 3.00-4.75 3.83
C 8 3.25-5.50 4.08 47 2.00-4.50 3.56
SC 10 3.25-6.00 4.45 46 2.50-6.25 3.50
NE 3 3.50-4.50 4.08 52 2.50-6.00 4.43
EC 3 3.50-5.00 4.42 35 3.25-5.95 4.37
SE 12 3.10-7.50 4.47 35 2.50-4.50 3.71
STATE 71 2.75-7.50 4.30 346 2.00-6.25 3.85

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State total.



CHEMICAL APPLICATIONS

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The average cost for aerial application of insecticide was $4.83 per acre, up 34 cents from last year. When insecticides were applied with a ground rig, the average cost was $3.92 per acre, up 2 cents from the 2002 rate.





Custom Rates for Insecticide Application, 2003

District Aerial Ground Rig
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Acre
Range Average Range Average
NW 4 4.25-6.00 4.94 13 3.50-4.50 4.08
WC 3 3.25-4.00 3.75 15 3.50-3.85 3.61
SW 8 3.00-12.00 5.09 15 3.50-5.00 3.95
NC 10 4.00-12.00 5.80 26 3.00-4.30 3.80
C 6 3.00-5.00 3.92 28 2.00-4.75 3.58
SC 4 3.50-4.75 4.25 24 2.75-4.50 3.52
NE 1/ 33 3.50-6.00 4.45
EC 4 4.00-6.00 4.90 14 4.00-6.00 4.65
SE 4 3.50-6.50 4.63 23 2.50-4.50 3.77
STATE 45 3.00-12.00 4.83 191 2.00-6.00 3.92

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State total.



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Custom Rates for Chemical Application,

Historical Averages

Type of Operation

or Application

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Dollars per Acre
Cultivation with Fertilizer 6.08 5.78 5.91 6.43 5.61 6.48 6.77 6.19 6.64
Cultivation without Fertilizer 5.31 5.74 5.96 6.11 5.88 5.75 6.25 6.01 5.95
Dry Fertilizer 2.93 3.02 3.06 3.12 3.23 3.40 3.53 3.58 3.68
Liquid Fertilizer 3.09 3.14 3.19 3.29 3.33 3.50 3.57 3.72 3.78
Anhydrous Ammonia 5.09 5.56 5.24 5.59 5.28 5.67 5.61 5.90 6.18
Herbicide
Aerial 3.89 4.20 3.30 4.11 4.15 4.20 4.39 4.52 4.30
Ground Rig 3.25 3.32 3.28 3.39 3.48 3.59 3.72 3.81 3.85
Insecticide
Aerial 3.81 4.20 3.91 4.11 4.16 4.19 4.42 4.49 4.83
Ground Rig 3.22 3.34 3.30 3.41 3.54 3.66 3.77 3.90 3.92







FEED PREPARATION

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Rates for custom feed preparations are those generally charged by grain elevators and feed mills. Rates charged in 2003 are very close to those reported in 2002. Reports averaged 35 cents per cwt. for grinding grain, 33 cents per cwt. for rolling grain, 62 cents per cwt. for grinding hay, 26 cents per cwt. for mixing, 52 cents per cwt. for rolling and mixing, and 57 cents per cwt. for grinding and mixing.





Custom Rates for Feed Preparation, 2003

District Grinding Grain Rolling Grain Grinding Hay
No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt. No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt. No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt.
Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW 1/ 6 25-35 31 -
WC 1/ 5 30-45 34 -
SW 4 30-40 34 5 30-40 32 1/
NC 9 25-55 40 15 25-55 37 -
C 7 25-40 33 11 20-40 29 1/
SC 11 15-50 34 14 15-35 31 5 30-100 53
NE 1/ 3 25-30 28 1/
EC 4 30-50 40 8 30-50 38 -
SE 10 25-45 37 11 26-40 32 -
STATE 51 11-55 35 78 15-55 33 10 25-110 62

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.





District Mixing Rolling and Mixing Grinding and Mixing
No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt. No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt. No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt.
Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW 3 15-35 25 1/ 1/
WC 5 25-40 30 5 40-85 60 -
SW 5 20-40 30 5 50-70 62 4 60-70 66
NC 8 10-40 26 13 25-76 48 8 25-76 43
C 10 15-35 22 11 25-70 49 7 50-100 61
SC 14 15-55 26 8 40-60 54 4 40-70 55
NE 3 10-20 15 4 22-70 46 4 25-55 44
EC 8 15-65 37 5 50-80 62 7 50-100 76
SE 10 10-30 22 10 26-75 54 5 50-70 61
STATE 66 10-65 26 63 22-85 52 40 25-100 57

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



FEED PREPARATION

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Pelleting feed operations averaged 84 cents per cwt., 8 cents higher than in 2002. The charge for grinding, mixing, and pelleting operations combined was an average of 114 cents per cwt., 5 cents lower than in 2002. Sacking operations, excluding the cost of sacks, averaged 116 cents per cwt., 21 cents higher than last year.





Custom Rates for Feed Preparation, 2003

District Pelleting Only Grinding, Mixing

and Pelleting

Sacking
No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt. No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt. No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Cwt.
Range Avg. Range Avg. Range Avg.
NW - - 1/
WC - - 3 75-160 128
SW 1/ 1/ 4 40-130 85
NC - - 9 100-200 158
C 1/ 1/ 10 60-250 124
SC 5 50-125 90 3 30-115 78 13 30-200 94
NE - - 3 125-240 178
EC - - 8 15-210 139
SE 1/ 1/ 13 24-150 88
STATE 9 50-125 84 6 30-170 114 65 15-250 116

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



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Custom Rates for Feed Preparation,

Historical Averages

Type of Preparation 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

Cents per Cwt.

Grinding Grain 30 29 29 33 31 35 34 36 35
Rolling Grain 28 28 28 30 29 30 31 33 33
Grinding Hay 49 75 - 56 - - 66 74 62
Mixing 20 21 22 22 22 23 23 26 26
Rolling and Mixing 40 44 42 44 45 42 49 51 52
Grinding and Mixing 45 46 44 49 46 51 53 53 57
Pelleting 69 72 67 77 73 82 70 76 84
Grinding, Mixing,
and Pelleting 108 118 95 99 122 126 118 119 114
Sacking
(excluding sacks) 69 72 73 76 88 93 91 95 116



FEED DELIVERY

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There are many different methods of charging for bulk feed deliveries. Rates for four of the most commonly reported methods are presented below. Method 1 has a charge per load plus a charge per mile. Other types of charges were reported but could not be summarized for this report. Many operators also charge extra for miles beyond a specified limit. For all methods, the average extra charge was $1.18 per mile after 11 miles.









Custom Rates for Feed Delivery, 2003

District Method 1

(Charge per Load plus Mileage)

Method 2

(Charge per Mile)

Method 3

(Charge per Ton)

Method 4

(Charge per Load)

Extra Charge

(All Methods)

No.

of

Reports

Dollars

per

Load

+ Dollars

per

Mile

Avg.

Load

(Tons)

No.

of

Reports

Dollars

per

Mile

Avg.

Load

(Tons)

No.

of

Reports

Dollars

per

Ton

Avg.

Load

(Tons)

No.

of

Reports

Dollars

per

Load

Avg.

Load

(Tons)

No.

of Reports

Maxim.

Miles

Extra

Charge

$ per

Mile

NW - 1/ 1/ 1/ -
WC 4 21.75 1.46 7.3 4 1.90 8.5 - 1/ 1/
SW 1/ - - 1/ 1/
NC 7 14.43 1.08 10.0 1/ 1/ 3 16.50 7.7 1/
C 9 19.33 2.73 9.3 3 2.08 8.0 - 4 21.25 8.5 1/
SC 9 13.33 1.36 9.2 1/ 1/ 1/ 3 10.00 1.32
NE 1/ 1/ - 3 20.00 8.3 1/
EC 4 18.00 1.09 5.3 - 1/ 4 31.25 6.0 1/
SE 1/ 6 1.68 9.0 6 4.18 6.7 6 22.83 8.8 4 18.75 1.13
STATE 38 17.61 1.64 8.7 20 1.75 8.3 11 5.48 6.4 25 21.96 8.1 14 11.00 1.18

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



MACHINERY RENTAL

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Rental costs listed below do not include the cost of fuel or labor for self-propelled equipment and tractors. Fertilizer applicators were the most commonly reported rental items, followed by tractors, combines, and planting equipment. Many items, such as cultivators, chisels, and mower/conditioners were reported but had too few reports to summarize.



Rental charges are similar to those reported in recent years. Average rental costs for most items show only small increases or decreases. Some of the variation may be due to the small numbers of reports for some rental items.



Machine Rental Rates, 2003

Machine or Tool Method of Charge No. of

Reports

Range Average
Combine $/Hour 30 20.30-125.00 88.72
Corn Head $/Acre 5 5.00-8.00 7.20
No-Till Drill $/Acre 16 5.00-12.50 7.88
Alfalfa/Grass Drill $/Acre 3 5.50-8.00 6.50
Field Cultivator $/Acre 5 1.75-5.50 3.65
Fertilizer Applicators
Dry $/Ton 25 4.00-15.00 8.98
Dry $/Acre 18 1.00-15.00 2.41
Anhydrous $/Ton 6 4.00-25.00 11.00
Anhydrous $/Acre 15 1.00-3.00 1.78
Dual $/Acre 6 2.00-3.50 2.69
Hay Equipment
Baler, Large Bales $/Bale 10 3.50-9.00 5.05
Tub Grinder $/Hour 16 36.00-183.00 108.10
Swather $/Hour 6 4.00-15.00 8.92
Tractor
50-100 HP $/Hour 3 10.00-20.00 14.00
101-150 HP $/Hour 3 15.00-18.20 17.07
151-200 HP $/Hour 10 10.00-45.00 23.50
201+ HP $/Hour 3 25.00-40.00 35.00
Size Not Specified $/Hour 22 10.00-100.00 36.23
KAT (Rubber Track) $/Hour 3 39.50-50.00 46.50







FENCE BUILDING

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Rates for fence building listed below were reported on the Bluestem Pasture Survey completed in April of 2003. Producers in the 14 Flint Hills counties were surveyed and asked to provide current fence building costs. The reported rates varied considerably due to the difference in equipment and terrain. The rate charged for building a five-wire, all-steel post fence, excluding materials, averaged $6.45 per rod. The rate including materials averaged $8.90 per rod. Average hourly rates charged for fence building are $22.50 per hour with equipment and $15.10 per hour without equipment.



Custom Rates for Fence Building, per Rod 1/, 2003

Fence

Type

Steel Posts Only
No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Rod
Range Average

Excluding Materials

Four Wire 5 5.00-5.75 5.15
Five Wire 32 1.50-12.00 6.45
Including Materials
Four Wire 2/
Five Wire 18 6.25-12.00 8.90

1/ Additional charges for rough and rocky terrain ranged from $1.00-$2.00 per rod and averaged $1.29 per rod. 1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.



Custom

Fence Builders

No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Hour Average Number

of Persons

Range Average
With Equipment 28 4.50-40.00 22.50 1.7
Without Equipment 11 10.00-30.00 15.10 1.6



TERRACING AND DOZING

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Building terraces averaged 57 cents per foot, an increase of 3 cents from 2002. The average cost for general dozer work was $85.39 per hour, compared to $83.46 last year.



Custom Rates for Terracing and Dozing, 2003

District No. of

Rpts.

Cents per Foot No. of

Rpts.

Dollars per Hour
Range Average Range Average

Terracing

Dozing

NW 1/ 4 60-100 72.50
WC - -
SW 1/ 1/
NC 1/ 7 70-100 83.57
C 4 60-80 66 6 65-125 89.17
SC 1/ 6 75-100 86.67
NE 5 45-70 55 13 60-120 86.91
EC 1/ 3 60-75 66.67
SE 1/ 10 70-110 83.50
STATE 18 40-80 57 50 60-175 85.39

1/ Insufficient reports; included in State totals.