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WCO - Wisconsin Custom Operators
Representing custom farming in Wisconsin and beyond
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D & J Manthe Forage Service LLC // DeForest, Wis.
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Blasel Custom Fieldwork // Dorchester, Wis.
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United Ag Enterprises, LLC // Seymour, Wis.
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Four Star Ag, LLC // ​Neillsville, Wis.
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Arneson Custom Farming // Barneveld, Wis.
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Halopka Field Services // Dorchester, Wis.

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.

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News & Events

2022 Forage Symposium Feb. 21-23
Posted On: December 23, 2021
The Symposium brings together members from WCO, MFA and PNAAW along with industry, extension and research professionals from across the Midwest. In 2022 the event will be held IN PERSON at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Board nominations sought
Posted On: December 23, 2021
WCO is looking for Board of Director nominations. Elections will take place at the WCO annual meeting on Feb. 23, 2022, held in conjunction with the Forage Symposium event at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. 
Shinners reflects on career: “the students made it fun!”
Posted On: November 22, 2021
By Maria Woldt

In the world of agricultural equipment, most people know Kevin Shinners. He’s been a professor of biological systems engineering at UW-Madison since 1985. 

During that time, he’s done all the things that equal a successful career in academia, like mentor 53 graduate students, brought in $7.2 million in research funding, publications, book chapters etc. But it’s his passion for farmers and students that have always stood out. 
From the President’s Cab: behind the scenes
Posted On: November 22, 2021

By Raymond Liska

What happens behind the scenes of a custom farming operation is something that often goes unseen to many who pass through the countryside. 

As the season’s end draws nearer, the charismatic rhythm of choppers and combines in the field, along with the steady flow of trucks and tractors on the road and the miles of hose laying in the ditch will be cleaned, repaired, rolled up, and stored away. While the keys on our machines may be turned off, our minds are not. 

Mixed outcomes from the 2021 corn harvest for silage
Posted On: November 22, 2021

By Dr. John Goeser, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Rock River Laboratory, Inc., UW-Madison, animal and dairy sciences

There were two common themes to 2021 in growing corn for silage: continued variation in growing conditions and plenty of heat units. 

And over the last few years, variation seems to be the only consistent factor. In 2018 and 2019, wet spring or wet fall contributed toward more variation. Now with the 2021 growing season in the books for silage, the crop looks to be yielding variable outcomes, depending on your local growing conditions. 


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