Missouri Dairy Business Update Commercial Agriculture
Volume 4, Number 4
April 2004

New Custom Rates for Haying

May brings the start of hay season and questions about the "going rate" for different custom haymaking services. Listed below is the haying section of extension's latest custom rate guide. The complete 2003 Custom Rate Survey Guide (G 302) is now available from your local extension office or available online in PDF format at http://muextension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/agguides/agecon/G00302.pdf

Harvesting Hay
Basis of Charge
Average rate
Low
Mid
High
Number reporting
Mowing hay
Acre
7.00
2.50
7.00
10.00
19
 
Hour
21.67
--
25.00
--
3
Hay conditioning (crushing or crimping)
Acre
8.00
6.00
8.00
10.00
4
Mowing and conditioning
Acre
8.89
3.50
9.50
15.00
28
Raking Hay
Acre
3.68
1.00
4.00
6.00
31
 
Hour
30.00
--
--
--
3
Hay tedding
Acre
3.68
2.00
4.00
5.00
11
 
Hour
30.00
--
--
--
3
SMALL BALES (85-100 lbs)
Bailing only:
- Wire tie
Square bale
.46
.35
.40
.80
9
- Twine tie
Square bale
.42
.25
.43
.60
18
Combination, mow, rake, bale:
- Wire tie
Square bale
.87
.60
.85
1.10
8
- Twine tie
Square bale
.83
.60
.80
1.00
16
Complete hay harvest (mow, rake, bale, haul, store)
- Wire tie
Square bale
1.10
.75
1.13
1.40
4
- Twine tie
Square bale
1.17
.75
1.10
1.75
9
Haul and store, less than 20 miles
Square bale
.53
.35
.50
1.00
10
LARGE BALES
Bailing only:
- 750-1,000 lb bales
Round bale
6.66
4.00
7.00
8.50
19
- 1,000-1,500 lb bales
Round bale
7.24
5.00
7.50
10.00
36
- 1,500 lb bales & larger
Round bale
7.61
6.00
8.00
10.00
22
Mow, rake, bale:
- 750-1000 lb bales
Round bale
11.40
5.00
12.00
15.00
21
- 1,000-1,500 lb bales
Round bale
11.69
6.00
12.00
16.00
30
- 1,500 lb bales & larger
Round bale
13.06
7.50
12.50
17.50
17
Bale & net wrap:
- 750-1,000 lb bales
Round bale
9.94
6.50
9.00
16.00
9
- 1,000-1,500 lb bales
Round bale
8.39
7.00
8.00
13.00
14
- 1,500 lb bales & larger
Round bale
9.07
8.00
8.50
14.00
11
Mow, rake, bale, and net wrap:
- 750-1,000 lb bales
Round bale
11.54
7.00
12.50
17.00
12
- 1,000-1,500 lb bales
Round bale
13.35
8.00
13.00
16.50
10
- 1,500 lb bales & larger
Round bale
14.17
10.00
14.00
18.50
15
Moving large bales with farm vehicle or wagon:
- 1 mile or less
Bale
1.59
.50
1.75
3.50
30
- 2 to 20 miles
Bale
3.34
1.50
3.00
6.00
22


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