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How many acres are necessary to justify owning a combine and supporting equipment for 1600 acres?

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It depends on the size of the combine. We farm

And also custom harvest for quite a few smaller operators. Whether you own a combine or re...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

That’s excellent advise and well taken. Thank you for saving me a bundle of $$$$!

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

We farm about 1500 acres and use a 7088 CaseIH combine with a 30ft bean head and a 6 row corn head, a 1000bu grain cart and three straight t...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

Thank you!

Verified FBN Member (IA)

It all depends on your situation. If you feel the need to have the latest and greatest shiny paint, or have time issues, hire it done. I r...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

Your points are well taken. My current career is 300 miles away. So quitting in a few months for this late 60’s person, I‘m trying to justif...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

Just do your homework on that age of machine. I know of one that I believe is six years old that will be traded in this fall that if I got ...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

A major consideration for me would be: "does a custom operator get it done at the right time?" If they do, it is probably cost effective ...

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we have been getting it custom done for years. But when the custom guy doesn't show up that's when it cost money. we didn't want to buy a co...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

***, for the most part yes. Thanks for the advice.

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

1200 acres is the answer to the question. 🙃

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

Great information. Thanks you for responding!

Verified FBN Member (SD)

I farm 1400 acres in central south dakota .. milo beans wheat.. i run a 2188 and bought another for 15k .just so i dont have down time. It...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

That’s an excellent plan. Can the machines handle a 12 row corn head?

Verified FBN Member (SD)

I have a 2188 with a 12 row I added 800 lbs on weight bracket works great in the field. I always fill the fuel tank before going down the ro...

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I also went to a salvage yard to add a hydraulic reverser off a 2388 that really helps

Verified FBN Member (KS)

Outstanding idea. Thank you.

Verified FBN Member (IN)

I run a 19 year old Deere 9550 on 1300 acres with some part time help. I do preventative maintenance before the season and haven’t had a lot...

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Verified FBN Member (OH)

We run a case ih 2166 with 25’ grain table and a case ih 1688 with 30’ table in beans along with 750 cart and two semis. Have 6 row head in...

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

I run a 9600 with a Geringhoff drive to run an 8 row chopping corn head. In beans I run a 30 foot head. The combine itself is probably worth...

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Will 9600 handle a 12 row head?

Verified FBN Member (MN)

It will handle it until your reverser box gets hot and burns out. Your better off using a 6 row. Park your trucks and trailers on the end ...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

"Park your trucks and trailers on the end rows and make a round." That works on a normal year, the last couple I couldn't hardly get empty ...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

Are you asking how many you need to justify owning a combine or how much can you justify to spend on combine and support equipment for 1200a...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

The post How many acres are necessary to justify owning a combine and supporting equipment for 1200 acres?

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Should be easy to own combine and support equipment for 1200ac. I could justify owning for only few hundred acres though.

Verified FBN Member (NE)

there is no acre amount anything less than like 5000 acres and probably more that justifies owning an entire harvest fleet, because that's w...

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Verified FBN Member (NY)

nobody is telling what it cost for custom harvest, that would sure make a difference. Does anyone figure what it cost per bushel?

Verified FBN Member (NE)

$36 acre for soybeans combine+ 20 cents a bushel to haul... Corn varies... Some pay acreage and hauling fees some just go straight per bu f...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

Depending on yields they put minimums and maximums in call a custom harvester and they will tell you exactly what they will charge I'm not g...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

Appreciate your input

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Not really any people that solely do custom work here. Even if there were it'd still be cheaper for us to do our own. We run two 20 year old...

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

Depends on who is in your area, I bought my own Planter and Combine cause there just too many BTO in my area that don't have the ability to ...

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Verified FBN Member (WI)

Amen!

Verified FBN Member (SK, CAN)

We have 1500 acres and run a S690 Deere. It’s a lot of combine for the acres. But the price was right. When you factor in quality or wheat ...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

Tried getting custom hire harvesting several years ago, finally got our corn out at Thanksgiving! Decided to get our own combine at that poi...

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If you buy a lower houred used machine you should be able to keep you harvest cost under $150 per hour. Any farm size can afford a used co...

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Verified FBN Member (MT)

If you Don't have many acres to cut you can always get a older combine will do the job..

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