Executive summary

This fact sheet provides decision-making tools to help farm managers and custom farm work operators manage the use of equipment and work time to meet production and profit goals.

It will help you decide whether it makes sense to:

  • own or lease (long term) equipment
  • hire custom farm work
  • rent equipment (short term)

Custom farm work is when a farmer hires others to complete machinery operations instead of owning the equipment and completing the operations themselves.

The results of a 2018 survey of custom farm work and short-term equipment rental rates charged can be found in the downloadable PDF.

The survey of Ontario custom farm work rates charged in 2021 is also available.


If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca. We will:

  • acknowledge your request within 3 business days
  • provide you with the content within 15 business days