Facts about costs

MANAGING THE COSTS REQUIRES SAVING

DIRECT SEEDING SAVES THE MOST


Source: Teija Hyytiäinen, Sari Hiltunen; Kasvituotanto 1, Kirjayhtymä

The cost structure for tilling and seeding when different methods and machine chains are used on farms of 40 and 100 hectares in size

Machine chains

(1) Ploughing = ploughing + levelling by harrowing + harrowing (2 passes) using s-tine harrow + seeding using side-wheel machine + combined control of weeds and diseases + control of root weeds every 5 years
(2) Stubble cultivation = stubble cultivation (2 passes) + harrowing (2 passes) + seeding using side-wheel machine + combined control of weeds and diseases + control of root weeds every 5 years
(3) Proprietary Direct Seeding Drill of 3 metres = a fourth of the stubble crushed with a stubble crusher in autumn + glyphosate spraying in spring 3 l/ha + direct seeding
(4) Cooperatively used Direct Seeding Drill of 4 metres = same as in point 3, but the cooperative farm is a crop-producing farm of 40 hectares
(5) Contractor = the contractor in the machine pools direct seeds the fields, debited price 58,70 €/ha + VAT
(6) Contracting 60 ha/year = same as in point 3, but the proprietary direct seeding drill is used for contracting 60 ha/year outside the farm, debited price 58,70 €/ha + VAT
(7) Contracting 120 ha/year = same as in point 3, but the proprietary direct seeding drill is used for contracting 120 ha/year outside the farm, debited price 58,70 €/ha + VAT.

The cost of Real Direct Seeding is less than a half of the cost of traditional method