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WCO - Wisconsin Custom Operators
Representing custom farming in Wisconsin and beyond
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Heim Brothers Custom LLC // Kewaunee, Wis.
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WI Act 28 bill signing // Madison, Wis.
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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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Arneson Custom Farming // Barneveld, Wis.
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Touch-a-truck outreach event // Greenfield, 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

WCO honors two scholarship winners; 2024 applications due May 1
Posted On: April 04, 2024
Wisconsin Custom Operators, Inc. (WCO) recently awarded two 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 or employee of a member, or as a relative of a member-client. Students received a $1,000 or $1,500 scholarship.

Applications for the 2024 WCO scholarship are being accepted through May 1. Interested students should visit https://wiscustomoperators.org/about/scholarships.php for more information including eligibility, criteria and application.
Check out the latest data from the WCO members survey!
Posted On: April 03, 2024

Data from the most recent member survey is live on the WCO website. Users have the option to view rates only, or the entire survey, which contains information on technology adoption, employee management, and other relevant topics.

WCO invested significant time and money into the member survey itself and the resulting data visualization. We hope that you will find value in this resource

Don’t forget about WCO’s mini-grant program!
Posted On: April 02, 2024

In addition to scholarships and other awards, WCO has a mini-grant program designed to provide smaller, more flexible awards to assist with important projects or programs that will benefit the custom farming community and the ag community. 

The WCO board feels strongly that it is important to invest in great people and innovative ideas. To learn more about the mini-grant program and to download the application, go to wiscustomoperators.org and click the “about us” tab. 

Read the spring issue of the Custom News
Posted On: April 02, 2024
The spring issue of the Custom News is here!

In this issue:
  • WCO board news
  • Scholarships
  • Member survey results
  • HPAI detection
  • Mini-grant info
From the President's Cab: we’re in a “relationships” business
Posted On: April 02, 2024

By John Osterhaus

Greetings from Northwestern Illinois as spring is showing signs of arriving. This past February, I was elected as your new WCO president, and I would like to introduce myself to you. 

My wife Monica and I own and operate Silver Streak Ag Services LLC in Chadwick, Illinois. We do custom forage harvesting in Northern Illinois, and we offer a full line of forage harvesting services, chopping, mowing, baling etc. We started our business with a used round baler and a very used tractor in 2011, and we have been able to grow every year since.


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