Verified FBN Member (SD)
Machinery

How much custom silage chopping?

The custom guy sent his bill for custom chopping and it was like $1400 an hour. He comes with pack tractor, 3-4 trucks and the chopper is the biggest they make so making pretty big swat. Does $1400 seem reasonable?

Verified FBN Member (IL)

Our dad pays the bill, but for us it seems like it's around $13000 for a 300' bag. 3-4 large wagons, claas 960.

Verified FBN Member (SD)

It was over 40k to chop roughly 320 acres of corn last fall. Don’t get me wrong it was a big dam pile but seems high. If I need to start looking else where need to start now but looking at what you paid it’s probably not far off

Verified FBN Member (IL)

I would say you were charged about what we were. Our guy charges based on cutter head time for the chopper and overall time for the wagons and crew. I know my dad complains that we could almost buy a chopper and cheap wagons and do it ourselves for what it costs.

Verified FBN Member (OH)

Guy around me charges a guy $1200-$1300 for a 10’x200’ bag. We started chopping 3 years ago just went out and bought our own stuff so we didn’t have to rely on someone. Big expense for something you only use a week a year but it’s done when it needs to be.

Verified FBN Member (WI)

If it is more than $100 an acre, you are getting dinged pretty good. Maybe with packing tractor a little more. Is he supplying the fuel? Big dairies here are by the ton, usually $5/ ton. Has to be scale verified too. I would be willing to haul my stuff 600 miles to get 40k to chop 320 acres

Verified FBN Member (OH)

Most guys around here run $9/ton corn and $325/hr plus $80/hr/truck and $80/hr packing tractor. Seems high and one guy buys a new chopper almost every year.

Verified FBN Member (TX)

Might be a little late but we pay $7.75/ton for corn chopping (including kp) and $.25/ton/loaded mile for hauling. Feedyard takes care of the pack tractor so I cant speak for that.

Verified FBN Member (SD)

$9/ton includes 980 claas cutter, trucks ,fuel , 4 wheel drive packing tractor and in our area corn averages 20 ton acre

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