Oklahoma Farm and Ranch
Custom Rates, 2005‑2006
Regents Professor and Extension Economist
Extension Assistant Specialist
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources • Oklahoma State University
This Current Report summarizes data
collected from Oklahoma farmers, ranchers
and custom operators during the fall of 2005.
Custom work is defined as machine operations
performed for the customer with the custom operator furnishing
the machine, fuel, labor and other inputs directly associated
with the machine. Custom operators do not usually furnish
materials such as seed or fertilizer unless it is explicitly stated.
In general, custom rates have increased since the 2003 sur-
vey due to the impact of higher energy prices (e.g., fuel) on
operating inputs and services.
The rates quoted herein were collected by a survey of both
farmers and custom operators. A list of over 150 operations
was provided from which each respondent quoted rates for
only selected operations. Some respondents quoted rates
for only one or two operations while others were familiar with
rates for many of the machines listed.
The rates summarized on the inside pages were edited
to remove those replies for which the respondent’s interpre-
tation of the information being requested did not match the
interpretation of other respondents.
Interpreting the Rate Tables
A statewide rate summary for each operation is quoted
in the following table. If available, separate quotes are listed
for each area of the state as shown in the map. The number
of estimates obtained, the average rate, and the lowest and
highest rates reported are shown. The cost of following up
with individual surveys prohibited questioning or affirming
doubtful replies. In most cases the number of observations
was insufficient to allow statistical analysis. In general, large
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