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Quote:I have been told from dealers of both red and green that the guys buying the 8010 and 9860 are usually farming with money not for money. Also see some guys buying bigger combines than the support equipment can handle. Hard to see the need for a combine that can harvest 4000+ bu. an hour when you can only handle 2,000 or so, but i guess if you got a big ego or a big pocketbook then she will look real good setting in the field with a full bin.



You probably don't have mile long fields. Two grain carts, 3 semis, and a 6,000 bu per hour grain leg. We can cut 40,000 bu a day on good days with our 8010. If it had more sieve area then it would cut more, but then we would need more support equipment. So, I guess it works okay for us. On a per bu basis, we try to get as competive as anyone. We aren't even big farmers compared to a lot of people. I've done the comparison on a custom harvestor coming in. We start cutting dryland corn in early September. Then mid-september we switch to edible beans, do about five hundred acres of edibles on a typical year, then move to wet corn for about two weeks. Once the feed lots shut down the wet corn harvest, then we move to the 20 moisture corn and dry it down, once we hit the 16-17.5 moisture corn, then we start putting it in the bin and taking it to the COOP to fill the HTA contracts. At the end October we are typically getting done with Corn and switching to milo. We normally have to wait another week beofre the last of the milo is dry enough to harvest. Sometimes that week we are waiting for the milo to finish drying down, we switch over to sunflowers that we have double cropped after the wheat harvest.

No custom cutter I know is going to have the patience to deal with us, nor would they even want too. Wet corn, dry corn, edibles, milo, and sunflowers all cut from about the first of September till Thanksgiving. Sounds like a combine lovers dream harvest!!
 

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Anytime someone posts how many acres they farm, there are lots of people who say thats not very many acres and lots of people who say thats way too many acres.

We have very little wheat compared to some, maybe 1200 acres. But fall harvest is pretty big for us. We'll get very very close to a million bu through the machine this year. I'm guessing 950,000.

If we could run every day we could cut our harvest way down. But with breakdowns, moves, flat truck tires, crew has personal time here and there, and crop not quite being ready exactly on time, there are quite a few days we end up working on other projects.

I just thought of another reason we don't run a custom harvest crew, what would me and my guys do for 2 and a half months? I actually enjoy the harvest, its what you put all the hard hours in for during the year. An irrigated farm is much much different than farms in Iowa. Much more labor intensive.

What are the costs of custom harvesting these days, maybe I should do another analysis? Our avg. haul is around 15 miles round trip, figure 850,000 guaranteed fall bu. What would the bill be on that? We may have to post this discussion on another subject somewhere? Is harvesting 17, 16, 15 cents? I think the last time I priced it, it was 16,16, 16. Catch you cats later.
 
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