2016 PA Custom Machine Rates
The custom rates shown in the report are averages from voluntary reports by custom operators and farmers throughout Pennsylvania. Most of the rates are stated per acre, cwt., ton, bale, or bushel rather than per hour to reduce the variation due to machinery size. The rates shown include the cost of hiring machine with fuel and operator and exclude the cost of seed, fertilizer, and other materials used unless otherwise specified. Individual rates vary due to differences in working conditions, services performed, or even the operator's eagerness to do custom work. Therefore, the average rates shown should not be considered absolute indications of fair charges.
Of the 82 rates reported with year-to-year comparisons, 47 increased, 31 decreased and four are virtually unchanged from last year. Overall, custom rates were up 1 percent compared to the 2014 estimates. Because of the potential variation in size and overall productivity of equipment, a range of reported rates for each job has been included. The range represents the middle 80 percent of all reported rates for each job, thus the lowest 10 percent and the highest 10 percent of all reported values were not published. VIEW REPORT.
PennAg Hosts Discussion on ELD and FAST Act
On April 12, the PennAg Transportation Committee and PennAg Feed, Grain & Allied Industries Council hosted a joint meeting to provide an overview of and discussion on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule and FMCSA's plan for its phased implementation. The meeting also included discussion about the Fixing America's Surface Transportation ACT (FAST Act), which President Obama signed on December 4, 2015. 

We are currently in the Awareness and Transition Phase, which runs from February 16, 2016 to December 18, 2017. During this time, drivers may voluntarily use ELD's which are certified and registered with FMCSA. Click here for additional information about the ELD Rule and FAST Act discussion from the April 12 meeting.
Be On Alert: Invasive Pigweeds

Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp are new pigweeds that have been found in numerous counties across Pennsylvania and in neighboring states.


• Very aggressive pigweeds that easily spread

Resistant to glyphosate and other herbicides
• Can significantly decrease yield.

• Can double, or even triple, annual herbicide cost.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza information and updates.

Save the Date / Register Today

Informational VFD Meetings - June 29 and June 30
Join us for informational meetings about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). To be held June 29 (Shippensburg) and June 30 (East Earl), the daytime portion is designed specifically for
Feed Mills, Nutritionists, Sales Reps, while the evening portion is designed specifically for Veterinarians. The same meeting will be held both days - pick the date/location that best suits your schedule.

Download a registration form (Feed Mills, Nutritionists, Sales Reps or Veterinarians) for additional information.

PEQAP Training - July 27
Training for the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) will be held on Wednesday, July 27 at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. Producer/Processor Training will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and PEQAP Technician Training will be held from 1 - 3 p.m. Education training and certification is a part of participation with the PEQAP program. Please take advantage of this opportunity for training for egg producers and processors. Download a form for further information or to register. Questions? Contact Rachel Cloninger at rcloninger@pennag.com or 717-651-5920.

PennAg APC / Seed Council Summer Tour - August 23
Join us Tuesday, August 23 for the annual PennAg Agronomic Products Council / Seed Council Summer Tour. Members of the agronomic products and seed industries will gather for a time of networking, learning and fellowship.

This year's event will tour through Lancaster and Chester Counties, meeting at the Lancaster County Bible Church (Manheim) to board the coach bus for the day. The first visit will be Little Britain Ag Supply. LBAS operates a blending plant and a warehouse for fertilizer, agri-chemicals, and seed, and also engages in custom application. Based in southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, they serve southern Lancaster, Chester, and York Counties, along with northern Cecil and Harford County, Maryland.

The tour of Little Britain Ag Supply will be followed by lunch and a tour of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, inspiring people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts.

Download a registration form or register online today to provide a sponsorship or register to attend!

PennAg Sporting Clay Classic - August 25
The 2016 PennAg PAC Fundraiser - Sporting Clays Classic will be held on Thursday, August 25 at
Central Penn Sporting Clays, Wellsville, PA.


For numerous years, PennAg has had the opportunity to support important friends of agriculture in the legislature. With very few members of the general assembly having a background in agriculture, it is extremely important for our association to provide the facts about our industry so our decisionmakers are able to make sound decisions. It is absolutely imperative for us to support legislators who, in turn, support agriculture and agribusiness. Democracy is not a spectator sport.


Join us for an exciting day of competition and fellowship, all while raising money for the PennAg Political Action Committee! Registration information is available by downloading a registration form. Interested in sponsoring the event? Please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/pfqtht to sponsor today!

June 29
VFD Informational Meetings
Feed Mills, Sales Reps, Nutritionists
(Premier Event Catering, Shippensburg)

June 30
VFD Informational Meetings
Feed Mills, Sales Reps, Nutritionists
(Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl)

July 4

Independence Day

PennAg Office Closed

July 13

PEQAP Oversight Committee Meeting

9:30 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

July 14

PennAg Horse Council Meeting

11 a.m.

(Centre County Grange Fairgrounds)

July 26

PennAg Legislative Committee Meeting

1 p.m.

(PennAg Office)

Additional Calendar Items

Join us on Facebook


Northwood Office Center • 2215 Forest Hills Dr., Suite 39 • Harrisburg • PA 17112 • Need directions? Click here.
Phone: 717 • 651 • 5920  Fax: 717 • 651 • 5926  Email: pennag@pennag.com
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Home  |  Today's Agriculture  |  Insurance  |  Get Involved  |  Resources  |  Press Room  |  About PennAg  |  Members Only
Copyright 2016 by PennAg Industries Association