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Farm Savings

 

The 2002 Census of Agriculture shows the average number of acres of sugar beets per farm in Richland County is 268. Dawson County has 157 acres of sugar beets. The average number of acres of sugar beets per farm in Montana is 199 acres. Using 200 acres as the average number of acres of sugar beets the following savings occur for the farm each year:

Cost Comparisons of Conventional Tillage Operations Switching to Strip till
Production Input Chisel Plow Tillage Switching to Strip Till Moldboard Plow Tillage Switching to Strip Till
Fuel $594 $1,404
Machinery $3,646 $2,764
Time 20 hours 72 hours