Extension Ag Update
November/December 2003
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2005 Farm Machinery Costs

Bob Sampson, ITCS, 217-244-0225; rsampson@uiuc.edu; Source: Gary Schnitkey (217) 244-9595

A series of reports on the costs of completing field, harvesting, and forage operations on Illinois farms are now available on the University of Illinois's farmdoc website. The reports also include per hour costs for operating tractors. "Overall, estimated costs for most machinery operations are much higher in 2005 than in 2003, the last time costs were updated," said Gary Schnitkey, U of I Extension farm financial management specialist, who co-authored the reports with Dale Lattz, Extension farm management specialist. "Machinery costs rose because of higher fuel prices and higher prices on new machinery."

"Cost increases between 2003 and 2005 can be over 20 percent," said Schnitkey. "Harvesting both corn and soybeans had some of the largest increases. The costs of combining corn are estimated at $31.10 per acre, an increase of 21 percent from 2003 estimates." Combining had some of the largest cost increases because of much higher new prices for combines." The reports can be viewed online at: http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/manage/machinebuilding_index.html