In case you missed it, Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2020, are newly released. Links below:
Farming is a complex business and many Ohio farmers utilize outside assistance for specific farm-related work. This option is appealing for tasks requiring specialized equipment or technical expertise. Often, having someone else with specialized tools perform a task is more cost effective and saves time. Farm work completed by others is called “custom farm work” or more simply, “custom work.” A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider.
This publication reports custom rates based on a statewide survey of 377 farmers, custom operators, farm managers, and landowners conducted in 2020. These rates, except where noted, include the implement and tractor if required, all variable machinery costs such as fuel, oil, lube, twine, etc., and the labor for the operation.
(Source: Custom Rates and Machinery Costs, https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-mgt-tools/custom-rates-and-machinery-costs, accessed on Oct. 5, 2020)
This is yet another activity to add to your fall management and clean up activities: work on eliminating those tree-of-heaven infestations. To understand your options, we have a great resource available here: Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio Forests: Ailanthus
Ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima), also known as tree-of-heaven, is a moderate sized (60 to 80 feet in height), deciduous tree first introduced into the United States from Asia in the late 1700s for use as an urban landscape tree and in strip mine reclamation in the Eastern United States. In many ways ailanthus is an ideal invasive—it grows rapidly (sprouts can attain a height of 6 to 12 feet the first year and grow 3 feet or more per year), is a prolific seeder, a persistent stump and root sprouter, and an aggressive competitor that thrives in full sunlight. It also produces an allelopathic compound that suppresses the growth of many native woody and herbaceous species. It will grow in relatively infertile, shallow soils of varying pH, and is highly tolerant of poor air quality.
The best time of year to manage biennial and perennial weeds is in the fall. Hemp dogbane, ailanthus, poison hemlock are just the tip of the iceberg on the list of weeds effectively controlled now. If you need a refresher, or need to dive in to start learning, here are some resources to get you started in the right direction:
Soil testing resources are available at the Extension Office. As always, kits can be purchased at the Extension office for $9. If you are unable to make it to our location, paperwork can be accessed on the Extension Office website at muskingum.osu.edu/soiltest.