Originally Posted by Hiltab
I recently purchased 130 acres and have 15 in tillable currently. The farmer leaves some up for me in beans or corn. I of course would prefer to buy a tractor and all the implements and do it myself, but it is gonna be a few years before i get there.
If I was to supply the seed / what is the cost per acre to have a local farmer plant, mow, spray, etc as needed... do guys generally charge you by acre, by hr?
Most farming (not to be confused with plotting) will be done by the acre as they cover larger amounts in shorter time than food plotters. Depends on the farmer and what they want to charge, if they have the time to mess with a small acreage or ability to work with large equipment in the small confines depending on field layout.
If going with a custom farming application you will have charges per acre for each pass and cost varies with the cost of implements needed/used. All extra charges (Fertilizer, chemicals, seed, etc...) will be paid by property owner. Coops have charges for spraying and spreading fertilizer and lime also. You have to consider as many farmers use them to save time and money on purchase of specialized equipment which is not used but a few times a year.