Kansas wheat farmers paid an average of $23.93 per acre to have their crop harvested by Custom Harvesters in 2013, up $3.07 from the average cost in 2009, according to a report published by the Kansas Department of Agriculture in cooperation with USDA's National Agricultural Statistic Service.
This year's report was the first published since 2009 and was made possible to the restoration of funding by the Kansas Legislature.
According to the report, the average cost of custom harvesting for grain sorghum was $24.33 per acre, up $1.96 from 2009.
For corn, farmers paid an average of $30.02 for harvesting, up $3.67 from 2009. For soybeans, the average per acre cost was $28.78, up $3.12 and for sunflower it was $30.33, up $4.07 from the 2009 report.
Important information to make sound decisions
In announcing the 2013 report's availability, acting Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey praised the project. "The Kansas Legislature recognizes the importance of supporting production agriculture in Kansas and made the funds available to complete the survey and to compile the data that farmers and ranchers require to be able to make sound decisions regarding their businesses," McClaskey said. "The agency is very pleased to once again have this important information available for our farm, ranch and agribusiness owners."
The report details the average rates paid by Kansas farmers and ranchers for custom work performed on their operation in 2013. Rates reflect fair market value for custom services either rendered or hired and can be used by Kansas farmers and ranchers as they make decisions about rate charges.
The report can serve as a tool for custom operators, farmers and ranchers as it indicates charges for machines, power, fuel and the operator. McClaskey noted it is vital to support and provide the necessary information to those working in agriculture, our state's largest industry.
Last published in 2009, the new report indicates average custom rates have increased but still illustrates historical tables and graphs which show results from previous surveys. Prices in the report should not be regarded as official or established rates.
For more complete information and access to the report, please visit the Kansas Department of Agriculture website.