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Assumptions and Procedures for Generic Farm

 



Crop Yield
Spring Wheat 32 bushels
Spring Wheat after Fallow 38 bushels
Sunflowers 1,700 pounds
Lentils 30 bushels
Peas 32 bushels
Flax 21 bushels
  1. Total farm crop acreage amounts to 3,000 acres. This is the average of the producers interviewed with some having crop acres above and below the average.
     
  2. Three different cropping and tillage systems were evaluated.
    • No Till−Spring Wheat (1,200 acres) with alternative crops such as Sunflowers (450 acres), Lentils (600 acres), Peas (300 acres), and Flax (450 acres)
    • No Till−Spring Wheat (900 acres), re-crop Spring Wheat (1,100 acres) with alternative crops Peas (100 acres), and Flax (200 acres), and 700 acres of Chemical Fallow
    • Conventional Till−Spring Wheat and Fallow (1,500 acres of each)
       
  3. Other cropping systems and crops were used by producers interviewed, but are not listed in this report.
     
  4. Average yields for each crop:
  5. Seeding rates for each crop:  
    Crop Rate
    Spring Wheat 70 pounds
    Spring Wheat after Fallow 70 pounds
    Sunflowers 2.2 pounds
    Lentils 80 pounds
    Peas 180 pounds
    Flax 48 pounds

  6. Fertilizer rates for each crop:  
    Crop Rate
    Spring Wheat 150 pounds of 46-0-0,
    50 pounds 11-52-0
    Spring Wheat after Fallow 50 pounds 11-52-0 
    Sunflowers 100 pounds of 50-30-10-5
    Lentils 25 pounds 11-52-0
    Peas 35 pounds 11-52-0
    Flax 100 pounds 17-20-0-15 50, pounds 46-0-0

  7. Fuel costs were $2.50 per gallon for diesel and $2.30 per gallon for gasoline.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Oil costs are estimated at 15 percent of the cost of fuel.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. Interest on machinery = Average value of the machine times the interest rate.
     
  12. Interest on operation capital was figured at seven percent for 12 months.
     
  13. Crop insurance rates for each crop:  
    Crop Rate
    Spring Wheat $4.25
    Spring Wheat after Fallow $4.25
    Sunflowers $4.25
    Lentils $4.25
    Peas $4.25
    Flax None

  14. Weed control for each crop:  
    Crop Weed Control
    Spring Wheat 16 ounces Roundup
    3.2 ounces Discover
    0.3 ounces Bromax
    Spring Wheat after Fallow 16 ounces Roundup
    3.2 ounces Discover
    0.3 ounces Bromax
    Sunflowers 16 ounces Roundup
    2 pints Sonalan
    2 ounces Spartan
    Lentils 16 ounces Roundup
    8 ounces Assure
    2 ounces Spartan
    Peas 16 ounces Roundup
    11 ounces Bronate
    8 ounces Assure
    Flax None