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400 acres, 40 miles away.

Discussion in 'Cropping' started by Lexion1000, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Fen Edge
    Fair enough. It would be a bit obvious who you were talking about I guess. Must be pretty unique!
  2. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    I’ve been thinking about this abit more. If it was 1000 acres, could be block cropped and everything could go straight into lorries into a central store at harvest I would do it. The massive killer would be back and forth all winter messing about with lorries and 3 crop rule.
  3. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    Actually 2 crops would be okay on 1000 acres
  4. Rob Holmes

    Rob Holmes Moderator

    How would that work? Winter and spring wheat? If the land was grade 1/2 would you have a root crop in rotation?
  5. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    So much depends on agronomics and what he deal is. You need to minimise time spent on the road. If it’s decent size fields and went with a bowser you could spray 1000 acres in a day. Or like you say do one crop 600-700 acres which is easy to spray in a day then rent the rest out for sugar better or maize. For me putting all grain on lorries at harvest to go straight into a central store like Camgrain makes it far more viable. Also find a decent local b and b!
  6. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    I once (must be 10 years ago now) looked at a 2000ac estate about 40 miles away. Did all my costings on farming it from our base with just some storage there

    With hindsight it was the wrong approach - I should have put a man, tractor, trailed sprayer, drill, loader and combine on the remote farm and let him get on with it as a separate unit and just used existing resource when we had spare capacity and used the remote farms resources on existing land when it was worked up
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  7. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    That’s exactly what we would, actually would love to do that.
  8. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    Biggest barrier is finding the right man though !
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  9. Bman

    Bman Member

    Cambs Essex
    Only handling the grain at harvest is a must on any farm 40 miles away. Also need a good second hand fleet car parked over there for the ride home at night, you do not want to driving to pick people up last thing. Liquid fert no unloading of fert bags and having to be over there to do it. With 3 crop rule it’s difficult to combine it with one trip by the combine unless you have winter wheat spring wheat and winter beans
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  10. fudge

    fudge Member

    Speaking as someone with no experience of this I cannot see the difference 20 or thirty miles makes. Surely the biggest decision is to put yourself on the road whether it’s 15,30 or 45 miles. It requires more commitment from your staff but, if you have the Human Resources, once you’re operation starts to spread why not spread it a bit further?
  11. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    Don’t think there’s any doubt it’s do able, it’s just making sure it’s economical and worth the risk/reward.
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  12. T Hectares

    T Hectares Member

    Exactly what I would do too
    I think that could be really rewarding for all involved, if you can find the right person !!
    Could be a great opportunity to train someone on your own farm to graduate there before moving onto a full management position eventually??
    Clive likes this.
  13. Tom H

    Tom H Member

    Vale of Belvoir
    Like anything, what makes CFA's successful are the people. We have a good few of them and would only have one with people who we very much get on with. Deal with people you like. I don't rent an acre. As I never seem to pay enough. Our average CFA return to the land owner has bettered a bullish FBT for a couple plus years now too. As Lee has mentioned above 50:50 split is best. Plus we are growing crops on someone else's capital, so cash flow is way better for me.
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  14. why wait until death to pass land? risking big home fees that way you can get BPR when alive?
  15. if the contractor is going to charge contracting rates up front to cover his costs it begs the question why doesnt the landowner just get general contractors to do the work and keep 100% of profit for himself?
  16. Daniel

    Daniel Member

    Because the owner doesn’t want to manage staff and organise the jobs.
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  17. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    Because a contractor who works at cost is not a very clever man is he .......... I suspect a good contractor would expect a margin / profit on his costs ! unless he really enjoys working for nothing

    Because also they need management - which has both a cost and value, buying inputs and selling outputs planning and managing workload don't do themselves............... I certainly don't do that for free !
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  18. MX7

    MX7 Member

    Sometimes in business it takes a stronger man to say "No" to an opportunity than "Yes". Very easy to make figures say what we want them to say,if we really want something, but we will only perhaps kidding ourselves, but we are thankfully all individuals.;););)
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  19. lloyd

    lloyd Member

    Selling outputs is not a precise science .
    It involves an element of luck as well as judgment.
    One thing is for certain if a percentage of wheat can
    be displaced by cheap imported maize it will happen!
  20. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    no such thing as luck

    Luck is preparation meeting opportunity !

    You really do make your own luck, the more I learn the luckier I seem to get ..............
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