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This issue shows a farm in this category with zero depreciation*, and machinery running costs no higher than average. Running older fully depreciated tractors, including a 350HP Ford FW30, 9 metre wide cultivation equipment, and min-tilling almost the whole farm, and then following these with a pair of combines which themselves with 45 harvests clocked up between them, depreciation doesn't figure, but efficiency does.
We crawl over the 2,500 litre trailed Everard sprayer which has a dozen alterations, was bought for £180 in a farm sale and does 5,000 acres a year. And then the rape seeder, and a dozen other machines adapted in the farm workshop.
Rain water harvesting can cut costs and improve sprayer efficiency. We take a forensic look at the costs, returns and what's needed to make it worthwhile on a commercial farm.
This issue has some neat ideas that can be made in minutes - like cutting inner tubes to make elastic heavy duty bungee straps to hold loads decure on the ATV front and rear rack - to major projects such as converting a Counsins V Form subsoiler into a seeder for oil see rape, or fitting a Vicon air drill on the back of a Sumo Trio to sow beans.
This issue has a wealth of ideas for every farmer.
Why engine torque is more important than horsepower - choosing the right tractor engine
Raising finance in a time of nervous lending - farmers have to tease finance out of banks
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*The latest Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book (email@example.com £43/copy) shows the cost of machinery depreciation for the 450-800ac arable farm is £45/acre, almost equal to the machinery running costs at £49.