Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2022 Responses Requested

The Ohio Farm Custom Rates Survey data collection has launched once again. The online survey for 2022 is available at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiofarmcustomratesurvey2022

A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm-related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time, or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “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.

Custom farming providers and customers often negotiate an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results as a starting point. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This year we are updating our published custom farm rates for Ohio.

We kindly request your assistance in securing up-to-date information about farm custom work rates, machinery and building rental rates, and hired labor costs in Ohio.

This year we have an online survey set up that anyone can access. We would ask that you respond even if you know only a few rates.  We want information on actual rates, either what you paid to hire custom work or what you charged if you perform custom work. Custom Rates should include all ownership costs of implement & tractor (if needed), operator labor, fuel, and lube. If fuel is not included in your custom rate charge there is a place on the survey to indicate this.

 You may access the survey at: https://go.osu.edu/ohiofarmcustomratesurvey2022

If you prefer a document that you can print out and fill out by hand to return, email Barry Ward at ward.8@osu.edu

The deadline to complete the survey is March 31, 2022.


Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management

OSU Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Tri-State Green Industry Conference

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd

Cincinnati, OH  45246

 Ohio Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits:

    • Ohio Commercial Applicator Credits (17.5 total hrs.):  CORE = 3 hrs.; 2B = 1 hr.; 3A = 1 hr.; 4A = 1 hr.; 5 = 1.5 hrs.; 6A = 3 hrs.; 6B = 1 hr.; 6D = 2 hrs., 8 = 4 hrs.
    • Ohio Private Applicator Credits (16.5 total hrs.): CORE = 3 hrs.; 3 = 1 hr.; 4 = 4 hrs.; 5 = 2 hrs.; 7 = 6.5 hrs.
  • Kentucky Credits:  Pending
  • Indiana Credits:  Pending

 ISA Credential CEUs:

  • Certified Arborist = 15.25; Utility Specialist = 7.75; Municipal Specialist = 15.25; Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA)-Science = 6.25; BCMA-Practice = 3; BCMA-Management = 6; Tree Worker (TW) Climber Specialist = 6; TW Aerial Lift Specialist = 6

 Early Bird Registration – $80.00

Must be received by midnight, Monday, January 17th

 Click this Hotlink to Register NOWhttps://go.osu.edu/2022tri_state_gic

 Seating is limited:  Don’t be turned away!

  • After January 17:  Registration fees increase significantly!
Type of Registration Fee
Early Bird Registration (before midnight, Monday, January 17th) $80.00
Student Registration $25.00
Late Registration (after January 17th) $125.00
On-Site Registration (at the door, February 3; Lunch will not be included) $150.00

Plan Your Day:

 “Schedule At-A-Glance” shows program topics, speakers, and times:  https://go.osu.edu/2022gicschedule

 “Program Details” shows presentation descriptions:  https://hamilton.osu.edu/sites/hamilton/files/imce/descriptions.pdf

Business Opportunities:  Be a Trade Show Exhibitor; Be a Sponsor

Put your business in front of Green Industry decision-makers by being a sponsor (overall program, lunch, educational track, etc.)!  Increase sales by being a Trade Show Exhibitor!

To Learn More, E-Mail ShaLise Simmons:  simmons.761@osu.edu

The Tri-State Green Industry Conference is a collaborative educational effort between:

  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Purdue Extension
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • University of Cincinnati
  • The Boone County Arboretum
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Questions? E-mail ShaLise Simmons at: simmons.761@osu.edu

2022 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification

It is time to start planning for your 2022 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification.

  • All recertification for Private Applicators will be conducted in person. There is NO online option for private applicators.
  • All recertification hours must be completed by March 31 each year. Otherwise, you will re-test.
  • ODA must receive renewal paperwork and a $30 payment for you to receive your renewal card.

Please visit this statewide map to see available recertification opportunities. Additional information can be found at pested.osu.edu

2022 Soil Health Webinars

Thursday, January 6th, 8-9 am

What’s Your Soil Health Resolution? Farmer Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 3rd, 8-9 am

What does the Research Tell Us about Cover Crops & Soil Health?

Thursday, March 3rd, 8-9 am

Hot Topics –What’s the Future of Soil Health?

Register today at go.osu.edu/soilhealth2022 1 hr NM CCA continuing education credit per session

Are You MarketReady?

If you’re interested in selling directly to restaurants, wholesalers, grocers, and customers, join us for MarketReady on January 26, 2022! This producer training will cover a wide variety of topics that will help you navigate the ins and outs of selling direct. All entrepreneurs are welcome.

This program will be at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio and the cost is $25 per person. Cash and check can be sent to:

OSU South Centers

Attn: Anna Adams

1864 Shyville Rd.

Piketon, OH 45661

 If you would like to pay by card, you may call prior to the event at 740-289-2071 x116. We will also accept payment at the door. Lunch will be provided. You can register at go.osu.edu/scmarketready2022. Deadline to register is January 21, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Welch at welch.183@osu.edu or Anna Adams at adams.2061@osu.edu.

Farm Office Live!

We have a great lineup for this month’s Farm Office Live sessions being offered Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7-8:30 pm and repeated live on Friday, December 17, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Don’t miss:

    • USDA NASS Update with Special Guest Cheryl Turner
    • 2022 Dairy Margin Coverage Signup and Supplemental Coverage
    • Meat Processor/Federal Program Updates
    • State and Federal Legislative Updates
    • Farm Tax Update
    • Looking Ahead to 2022
    • Q&A

If you haven’t yet registered, visit this site! Register once and you’ll receive monthly reminders.

Water Quality Wednesday Webinar Series

The first webinar in the Water Quality Wednesday webinar series, titled “How can we manage Phosphorus to protect our water?” will be December 8th from 10:00-11:30 AM. Speakers Dr. Libby Dayton, Research Scientist in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at OSU, and Dr. Chris Winslow, Director of Ohio Sea Grant, will discuss trends of soil test Phosphorus, erosion, and Phosphorus effects’ on Lake Erie and the recent algal blooms it has experienced. Time for a Question-and-Answer session will be allotted at the end of the program for participants to engage with the speakers. Both CCA continuing education credits and CLM credits will be offered at the end of the live webinar on December 8th.

Future WQW Webinar Dates:

  • January 12 –Step into the town hall, then step into your field: From watershed planning to field-level implementation
  • February 2–Best Management Practice Deep Dive: Conservation Drainage
  • February 16 –Nitrogen Efficiency and Loss Prevention
  • March 23 –Emerging Technology in Water Quality

Location: via Zoom, register for one or all sessions at go.osu.edu/WQW

Cost: Free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link


Details: Join the Ohio State University’s Water Quality Extension Associates for a webinar series discussing topics related to water quality, ranging from Phosphorus and agricultural Best Management Practices to watershed planning and technology. All webinars will be recorded for later viewing. Live webinars will offer Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits, and relevant topics will offer Certified Livestock Manager credits to participants.

Contact information: Rachel Cochran, cochran.474@osu.edu; (567) 344-5016

Farm Office Live

We will again host two sessions of Farm Office Live this week. Our first session is Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and it will be repeated live on Friday from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

This month’s topics include:

  • Introducing Margaret Jodlowski, new Ag Economist, and the work she is doing in AEDE
  • Update on the Build Back Better Act
  • State and Federal Legislative Updates
  • Federal Farm Program Update
  • Farm Business Analysis Report

If you are already registered, you will receive a reminder email prior to the sessions. Click here to register if you’ve not yet attended.

Join Farm Office Live from OSU’s Farm Science Review on September 23

Farm Science Review is back!  OSU’s Farm Office Team will be there, and we’ll broadcast the next Farm Office Live from our farm office at the Review.  We can’t promise we’ll be able to ignore biscuits and gravy, pork tenderloins, Bahama mamas, or milkshakes during Farm Office Live, but we can promise you updates on recent developments in the world of farm management and agricultural law. 

The broadcast will be on Thursday, September 23 beginning at 10 a.m.  Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Carbon market programs and carbon agreements
  •  Legislative update
  • 2022 crop budgets
  • 2020 Farm Business Analysis program results from crop farms
  • Ohio cash rental rates
  • Dairy Market Volatility Assistance Program
  • Highlights of FSR and upcoming programs

Who’s on the Farm Office Live Team? OSU experts are ready to help farmers, landowners and agribusiness professionals navigate the issues we all deal with in the farm office.  Our team includes:

  • Peggy Kirk Hall – Agricultural Law
  • David Marrison – Farm Management
  • Dianne Shoemaker – Farm Business Analysis and Dairy Production
  • Barry Ward – Farm Management and Tax
To learn more and register for Farm Office Live, visit https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farmofficelive.  Recordings of our previous Farm Office Live webinars are also available at that site.

Kitchen Table Conversations 2021

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, lunch, or snack and join us from your “kitchen table” to engage in conversations “virtually” on September 21, 22, and 23, 2021 for “Kitchen Table Conversations” hosted by the Ohio Women in Agriculture of Ohio State University Extension. Conversations and discussions on “hot topics” in the agricultural world related to health, marketing, finance, legal, and production for women in agriculture.

These sessions are offered during the Farm Science Review daily from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM via ZOOM. Registration is required to participate.

Register @ https://go.osu.edu/kitchentableconversations2021



9|21 Raising Livestock on Five Acres or Less

So you have some land and you want some extra income or a supply of food for your family.  This session will investigate all of your options and possibilities.

Sandy Smith, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Carrol County

9|22 Farm Stress and Mental Health

It can be hard to have a conversation about our mental health, but it is just as important as acknowledging our physical health. When we live where we work stress can sometimes get the better of us. Sitting together as a family around the kitchen table fosters an environment to have tough conversations. During this session, we will have a conversation about the importance of addressing mental health concerns, how to bridge the difficult topics, and the resources that are available to you and your family.

Bridget Britton MSW, LSW….Behavioral Health Field Specialist ANR


9\23 On-Farm Research Opportunities

On-farm research can provide valuable local data to inform decision-making and help you understand the ROI of practices and technologies on your farm. The OSU eFields program fosters partnerships between Ohio farmers, industry, and OSU researchers. Learn about recent research trials conducted across the state and how to become involved in the program.

Elizabeth Hawkins, Ph.D…Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, Assistant Professor