Who We Are

The Wisconsin Custom Operators is an organization comprised of individuals throughout the state who derive their income in whole or part from providing custom farming services. These services include: forage harvesting (alfalfa and corn silage), forage bagging, baling, tillage, planting, combining, trucking, manure handling, spraying, among other services.

News & Upcoming Events

WCO Employee of the Year Award - Due Dec. 1
Posted On: August 31, 2018
One of the biggest issues in agriculture is labor. Even with our struggles, we have excellent employees! The WCO Employee of the Year award honors an indivudual who is hard-working, loyal, eager to learn and understands the importance of safety (and mentors others in this area).

The deadline is Dec 1 and the winner will receive $750 and the nominator will receive $250! Click here to learn more about the award and how you can nominate one of your employees.

Still not convinced? Watch this video from Ray Liska, WCO's VP.  

2019 Forage Symposium request for proposals
Posted On: June 03, 2018
New this year, WCO is accepting proposals for the Forage Symposium held in the Wisconsin Dells, Feb. 18-20. The application process is outlined in the link below. The RFP is open to anyone with a relevant topic for the custom farming community. Preference will be given to educational topics and WCO gold and silver level sponsors. Please contact WCO with any questions. Proposals are due September 1, 2018 using the online submission form
Breher receives Wisconsin Custom Operators' Employee of the Year Award
Posted On: March 10, 2018

DEFOREST, Wis. (March 12, 2018) – The Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) recently honored an Elkhart Lake man for his hard work and dedication to a custom farming business.

WCO’s 2018 Employee of the Year award was given to Steve Breher, an employee of Kraus Custom Forage Harvesting, on Feb. 21 during the organization’s annual meeting at the Forage Symposium at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
WCO honors three scholarship winners; Accepting applications for 2018
Posted On: March 10, 2018

DEFOREST, Wis. (March 12, 2018) — The Wisconsin Custom Operators, Inc. (WCO) recently awarded three scholarships to students pursuing further education. These students were selected based on leadership, civic engagement, academics and volunteer activities related to agriculture. Students also submitted essays detailing their educational and vocational plans for the future. Scholarship winners are required to have ties to the WCO – either as a member, relative of a member or employee of a member. Students received a $1000 scholarship.
WCO members select directors, officers
Posted On: February 25, 2018
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Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (February 26, 2018) — Wisconsin Custom Operators members selected two new directors and officers during the annual meeting at the Forage Symposium Feb. 21 at the Chula Vista Resort.
Bill Smith, owner of Smith Custom Farming in Darlington, was newly elected as an operator director. Bryce O’Leary, owner of O’Leary Brothers Chopping Service LLC in Janesville, was re-elected for his second term as an operator director and also as the group’s president. Ray Liska, owner of Apollo Vale Enterprises, was elected as vice-president.

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P.O. Box 567
De Forest, WI 53532