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January 27, 2011
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Agricultural Custom Rates Info Available Online Through K-State Extension Ag Economics



 Information to Help Fill Gap in Government Data

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Farmers and ranchers often make management decisions based on historical data provided by federal and state agencies. That’s been the case for years with the Kansas Agriculture Statistics Custom Rates book, which included the results from annual surveys of farmers and ranchers, custom operators, cooperatives and elevators.  



The Custom Rates book, which is usually released to the public in January and reports rates from the previous year, was dropped for budgetary reasons this year. That leaves a void in information usually provided to producers, said Kevin Dhuyvetter Kansas State University agricultural economist.



To help fill that void, Dhuyvetter, a farm management specialist with K-State Research and Extension, has estimated most custom rates previously published by KAS that he believes will be helpful as producers make decisions in 2011. The report, “Historical Custom Rates in Kansas and Projections for 2011,” is available on the web.



“Two things to point out,” he said, “are that the estimates reported are for state averages only (no regional estimates were made) and I included estimates for both 2010 and 2011 so that people can see what the model-estimated change is from what a predicted value for last year would be.”



“In most cases, the models are suggesting relatively large increases compared to 2010 values, which is primarily due to the current high forecast for diesel fuel next year,” Dhuyvetter said.



A radio interview with Dhuyvetter about the report is available on the K-State Research and Extension show Agriculture Today.


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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
mlpeter@ksu.edu
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Kevin Dhuyvetter is at 785-532-3527