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Posted 25 December 2011 - 10:01 AM
Think they would up their fee to half $125? I realize that their annual volume is reduced due to the drought and the bales per acre would be less obviously increasing the price, but just wondering about the upper limit?
My field has been dormant for 2 years and I am trying to decide as to whether or not I grow my own or just buy the finished bale...obviously growing my own, I know what's in the bale and around here, especially in drought/near drought conditions, it could be anything.
Additionally, the field needs weed control and the best way for me is to just keep it plowed...mowing just makes the weeds grow closer to the ground. Growing a hay crop would help with weed control.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 10:25 AM
My view is that the make/buy decision should be based on economics and most economic models should contain personal variables for convenience, quality assurance, etc. For just weed control, get some goats. They'll eat the weeds long before they'll touch the grass.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:43 PM
I do not know how a person would adjust the price unless they went to an hourly rate.
We experienced drought conditions a few years ago. We were lucky to get a bale per acre on our best hay fields. Our fertilize cost per acre was $40. That is what people were charging per bale in the field.
Customers accused everyone of price gouging "because hay was scarce".
They had a hard time believing $40 per roll only covered the fertilizer.
I do not know of a formula to figure the difference in one bale per acre or four bales per acre.
The hay would be less strain to cut and bale since it is not as thick. Cost to rake would be about the same.
It is a good question and something to think about.
Edited by Tim/South, 16 January 2012 - 10:40 PM.
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:03 PM
This is how we billed it out a coulple of years ago. $15 per acre to cut, $5 acre to rake and $15 per bale. That is for a 6x5 bale. Ours customers liked this size the best b/c they didn't have to feed so often than with the smaller bales. This may or may not work for you but it did for us. We do custom work on the side not our main income, mainly to help our neighbors out. Dad always said they could take or leave it, but I am not about to run all my equipment for someone else for nothing, or risk tearing it up either.
Having BTDT your numbers for 2ea 5x6 rolls per acre....what I got in my fields, is right in line. Something in the low 20's for a 4x6 would be fine with me....field is easily accessible, lots of room to fences, flat terrain and I can rake (your rake) and move the bales out of your way.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 09:19 AM
Called a custom guy and asked what he'd roll it for and he said considering diesel is going up as usual, he'd do it for $12 a bale. I said perfect. A couple of years ago I had the cutter and rake (which I sold later) and had my bales rolled for $10. Thought the current offer was very reasonable.
Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:31 AM
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