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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 // ‚ÄčNeillsville, 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

Read the spring issue of the Custom News
Posted On: April 03, 2023
The spring issue of the Custom News is here!

In this issue:
  • Feature: WCO members testify
  • New board members
  • Member survey results
  • Safety certification sessions
  • Scholarships due May 1
  • Mini-grant program
WCO members testify in favor of SB 66
Posted On: April 02, 2023

WCO members have been meeting with legislators for three years to discuss the shortage of CDL drivers. In early 2022, WCO formed an alliance with Dairy Business Association and Cooperative Network, targeting the Farm Service CDL as an area of opportunity to bring more drivers into the industry, increase public safety, and improve efficiency and sustainability of Wisconsin farms.

WCO elevated several potential changes to the Farm Service CDL program, including to extend the 180-day window to 210 days, which would be consistent with federal law.

Check out the latest data from the WCO members survey!
Posted On: April 02, 2023

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, 2023

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. 

From the President’s Cab: a voice for custom farming
Posted On: March 31, 2023

By William Smith

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be in the fields getting ready for another growing season. In fact, much of the cover crops in the Wisconsin have greened up and started to grow!

This is my first column as your president, and while I won’t be in this role long (I have one year left in my board term), it’s an honor to serve the membership.


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