Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It Seems To Be A Ritual
When farmers aren't farming, the weather is good, and the ground is solid, trees will be cleared! This little spot is 0.05 acre, and it is a fun mental exercise to do the math. Say you can rent a track-hoe for $125 an hour, and then also rent a small bulldozer. Work all day on this little spot to push out a couple trees. Add tires to make that green wood burn, and voila!, you have more farm ground!
What does it cost, and how long will it take to regain the investment? Easily $200 per hour for at least 10 hours. If you can grow 150 bushel per acre corn, you can get 7 or 8 more bushels per year that are worth about $3 per bushel. Wow. Only about 80 years to get back your $2000. I must be missing something...
PS: Here's a thought. When you are harvesting your soybeans with your 1/4 million dollar combine, with dust swirling around you obscuring your vision, you catch the header on a tree that you couldn't quite see....well, there goes more than two grand right there, and you are going to be down for maybe several days. Machines today are expensive and big, and you make your fields as friendly for them as possible.
Here's a big red combine harvesting this very field last October.