March 21, 2017
It’s once again time to take a tour around the country to see what’s going on in the world of farm custom rate surveys. As I’ve mentioned previously, these documents were invaluable during my da...


Feb. 24, 2017
Now that winter is in full effect, most grain farmers are either ice fishing or taking a vacation at the beach, but not us hay guys...


Feb. 1, 2017
When center pivots were first introduced, they used high-pressure impact sprinklers on top of the pipe. These sprinklers needed 40 to 60 pounds per square inch (psi) to operate properly, were sp...


Feb. 1, 2017
In the fast-paced world of farming, it can be a real challenge to keep up with current technology and all of the new and improved equipment in the marketplace...


Jan. 26, 2017
Hay season is winding down for most of us, and all of this year’s crop, or lack thereof in some cases, is in the barn. It was usually about this time of year when my dad and I would start to look back at the previous haying season and discuss what we could have done differently or better...


Nov. 9, 2016
If you ask most dairymen what their biggest fear was when they made the switch to a custom harvester, the answer is usually if the cutter will show up on time. After a few years of getting to kn...


Nov. 1, 2016
There is a fair amount of interest in owning a custom harvesting business, but do you have what it takes to sell yourself to potential clients?...


May 24, 2016
In my former extension life, it was not unusual to receive a call from somebody wanting to know the “going rate” for (fill in the blank)...


May 18, 2016
Jon Sykes owns M&L Farms Inc., located in Quitman, Ga. The farm has been custom harvesting since 2000 and custom farming since 2008. They currently grow corn, sorghum, and ryegrass for a local d...


Jan. 26, 2016
The author is a partner in Orrson Custom Farming Ltd., Apple Creek, Ohio. He currently serves as president of the U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc...