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Assumptions and Procedures for Generic Farm

 



Crop Yield
Spring Wheat 19 bushels
Winter Wheat after Fallow 32 bushels
Barley 38 bushels
Safflower 650 pounds
Yellow Mustard 300 pounds
Lentils 1.5 tons
Winter Peas 1000 pounds
Flax 17 bushels
  1. Total farm crop acreage amounts to 1500 acres. This is the average of the producers interviewed with some having crop acres above and below the average.
     
  2. Several different cropping and tillage systems were evaluated.
    • Conventional Till—Winter Wheat and Fallow (750 acres of each)
    • Conventional Till—Winter Wheat (500 acres), Recrop Spring Wheat (500 acres), Fallow (500 acres)
    • Conventional Till—Winter Wheat (700 acres), Recrop Barley (100 acres), Fallow (700 acres)
    • No-Till—Spring Wheat (750 acres) with alternative crops such as Safflower (150 acres), Yellow Mustard (150 acres), Lentils (150 acres), Winter Peas (150 acres), and Flax (150 acres)
       
  3. Yields for each crop:
  4. Seeding rates for each crop:  
    Crop Seeding Rate
    Spring Wheat 80 pounds
    Winter Wheat after Fallow 90 pounds
    Barley 60 pounds
    Safflower 22 pounds
    Yellow Mustard 4 pounds
    Lentils 30 pounds
    Winter Peas 80 pounds
    Flax 0.50 pounds

  5. Fertilizer rates for each crop:  
    Crop Fertilizer Rate
    Spring Wheat 160 pounds of 46-0-0
    Winter Wheat after Fallow 60 pounds 18-46-0
    Barley 60 pounds 18-46-0,
    100 pounds 34-0-0
    Safflower 60 pounds of 11-52-0
    Yellow Mustard None
    Lentils None
    Winter Peas None
    Flax None

  6. Fuel costs were $1.80 per gallon for diesel and $2.00 per gallon for gasoline.
     
  7. Repairs were based on the following formula:
    Repairs = (Repair Factor x List Price of Machine x Hours of use per year) divided by the estimated life of the machine.
     
  8. Oil costs are estimated at 15 percent of the cost of fuel.
     
  9. Depreciation costs are based on the following formula:
    Depreciation = (List Price of Machine x Hours of use per year) divided by the estimated life of the machine.
     
  10. Interest on machinery = Average value of the machine times the interest rate.
     
  11. Interest on operation capital was figured at 7 percent for 12 months.
     
  12. Crop insurance rates for each crop:  
    Crop Fertilizer Rate
    Spring Wheat $5.85
    Winter Wheat after Fallow $6.50
    Barley $2.00
    Safflower $4.00
    Yellow Mustard None
    Lentils None
    Winter Peas None
    Flax None

  13. Weed control rates for each crop:  
    Crop Fertilizer Rate
    Spring Wheat 16 ounces Roundup
    Winter Wheat after Fallow 10 ounces 2,4-D LV-6,
    1 ounce Banvel
    Barley 6 ounces Puma
    Safflower 16 ounces Roundup,
    16 ounces Poast
    Yellow Mustard 16 ounces Roundup,
    16 ounces Poast
    Lentils 16 ounces Roundup,
    16 ounces Poast
    Winter Peas 16 ounces Roundup,
    16 ounces Poast
    Flax 16 ounces Roundup,
    Bison