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Re: On the last 5 acres for the year

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11-30-2012 15:34:30

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Most big time operators are charging minimum $35 per acre and up.Believe it or not I started out at $20 per acre in 1996 and stayed there until two years ago.I had no choice but to move up to $25 then because of the cost of fuel.If I had to buy every part from Claas new I would be out of buisness but thankfully I have been able to buy enough parts combines over the years that I have yet to need to order anything other than seals,bearings,belts,etc.These old Fords run really cheap and are VERY dependable if you just do a little PM every so often .I dont make big money but I am my own boss,can go to my girls school activities pretty much anytime I need to,and I am a FIRM believer that by keeping my costs low it helps the farmers that I cut for and it will come back to me in the long run.I have even told them that if fuel drops to $2 a gallon I will go back to $20 per acre and I honestly would.I make good money in wheat,sorghum and soybeans,but irrigated corn is a slower go using more fuel and I may have to go up on corn in the near future.

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Nathaniel Watts

11-30-2012 16:35:32

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 Re: On the last 5 acres for the year in reply to haley, 11-30-2012 15:34:30  
I do from 100-200 acres a year for a few neighbors. I was charging $30 for the past 4 years but went to $40 this year for soybeans and $35 for wheat and corn. We don't have irrigated corn here so its pretty quick going usually. I had no complaints because I try to do the best job possible. I provide 3 200bu. wagons most places I go as most have on farm storage. The others load the wagons out the next morning in hired trucks.

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