The 2007 Pennsylvania Machinery Custom Rates guide was recently released by the National Ag Statistics Service's state office. And while the average rate of increase for all custom-hired tasks slowed from last year, it was still 4% above year-ago levels.
That's the word from Ag Statistician Adam Pike, who coordinated the survey of farmers and custom operators. Here are a few key changes we turned up compared to last year:
Haying: Mowing posted a 9% gain over year-ago rates.
Planting: Corn planting rates generally posted gains of 6 to 10% over year-ago rates.
Specialty tasks: Post hole digging, once again posted the biggest year-to-year gain – a 22% jump. Bulldozing increased 10%.
Tractor rentals: Smaller tractors posted the biggest percentage gains, with those under 80 hp averaging 16% over year-ago rates and 80- to 120-hp horses rising 13%.
The complete 2007 Pennsylvania Machinery Custom Rates, with mountain and valley rate breakouts and a range of rates is available here by clicking here or by going to www.nass.usda.gov/pa.
You can also subscribe at the ag department Web site for a free e-mail copy. Or, get a free regular mail subscription by calling 800-498-1518.
Watch for a more detailed analysis in American Agriculturist's May issue.