Totting up the bills as we get geared up for the harvest
I have just finished cleaning out the sprayer. It is amazing how much spray can stick at the bottom of the sprayer and in the filters. I think some of the ones that we held over from last year are a bit worse.
We will be spraying off the crops at harvest with Roundup but for now all I have to do with the spray programme is to work out our costs for this year.
Last year it cost us €235/ac in sprays and fertiliser alone to grow winter wheat. This cost does not include machinery repayments, wages, depreciation or anything else.
Normally winter barley is much cheaper to grow but in 2011 it cost us €230/ac, only €5 less than the winter wheat. We expect the costs this year for both crops to be higher for two reasons.
Firstly the cost of fertiliser has gone up since last year and secondly we needed a very robust T1 because we had such a mild winter. Last year's T1 cost us €15/ac but this year's was €25/ac.
When I include the Roundup cost at harvest this year's costs are €264/ac for winter wheat and €248/ac for winter barley. As we have increased our acres over the last two years this has a huge effect on our cash flow.
It won't be so bad next year as we will have this year's crop to pay for next year's costs.
The T3 went with for our winter wheat was Presaro at 0.9L/ha and Modem at 0.5 L/ha.