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7. Sample Cost Sheet for Grain Farm

Grain Farm Assumptions: The following equipment is based upon a 1500-2000 acre operation with limited storage. Equipment cost estimates are based on new or near new condition equipment. The sample operation follows a standard rotation of small grain (wheat/barley), full season soybeans, corn and double crop soybeans or sorghum.  Most field operations are completed no-till or reduced till, which minimizes the amount of tillage reguired. Some custom work is utilized for hauling grain to the elevator, fertilizer application and some field spraying.



Average costs for new
or near new condition

Field Equipment

Tractor Over 150HP

Cab, 4wd, GPS,


Tractor Under 150HP

Cab, 4wd, GPS


Tractor, Utility, 50-75

Open Platform, 2wd, utility



Mid-large capacity


Pick Up Truck

¾ ton



20 ft. used


Chisel Plow

12 ft. used


Cultivator, field

20 ft. used


Grain Drill

15 ft., no-till equipped


Planter (corn/bean)

8 row, no-till equipped


Combine Corn Head

6 row


Combine Grain Head

18-25 ft. platform


Sprayer-boom type

60-90 ft. boom. Pull Type



10 ft., Heavy Duty




Grain Wagon

600-800 bushel


Grain Truck

Straight Truck, Single Axle




Pole Building

Equipment storage






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