Calculating the ROI for the use of a stripper front in the Mallee

2017

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Simon Craig (Farm360 Pty Ltd)
Alistair Murdoch (Kooloonong)
Troy Thamm (Farm360 Pty Ltd)
Year(s) 2017
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Kooloonong, VIC
Further information View external link
Calculating the ROI for the use of a stripper front in the Mallee locations
Aims

To determine the ROI from using a stripper front compared to a draper front.

Key messages
  • Capital value improvement of $61,000 by using the stripper front.
  • The cost per rotor hour of the machine increased as the capital cost went up and the number of hours decreased.
  • There was a 24% reduction in fuel usage and a 16% reduction in labour costs.
  • Harvest was completed on average two to three days faster with a stripper front.
Lead research organisation Birchip Cropping Group
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC BWD00024
Related program Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble
Acknowledgments

This research was funded by the GRDC as part of the ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems in retained stubble’ project (BWD00024).


Other trial partners Not specified
Download the trial report to view additional trial information

Method

Crop types Cereal (Grain): Wheat Cereal (Grain): Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Stubble: Management
Trial type
Trial design

Kooloonong 2017 Wheat

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified

Kooloonong 2017 Barley

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified
Download the trial report to view additional method/treatment information

Download results

Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Labour (hours) Tonnes (tonnes) Width of header front (feet) Tonnes per hour (tonnes) Labour ($/t) Fuel cost ($/hr) Fuel cost ($/ha) Cost ($/hr) Cost ($/ha) Time (hours) hectares per hour (hectares) Labour ($/ha) Fuel (L/hr) Area (ha) Total fuel (dollars) Grain yield (t/ha) Speed (km/hr) Total labour (dollars)
1 Draper low yield 35 1000 12 13.2 2.7 38.4 2.91 388.96 29.47 76 13.2 2.7 48 1000 2909 1 11 2652
2 Draper avg yield 35 2400 12 25.92 1.4 41.6 3.85 356.66 32.1 93 10.8 3.2 52 1000 3852 2.4 9 3241
3 Draper high yield 35 3700 12 27.1 1.3 47.2 6.45 287.15 39.23 137 7.32 4.8 59 1000 6448 3.7 6.1 4781
4 Stripper low yield 35 1000 12 15.6 2.2 32.64 2.09 449.63 28.82 64 15.6 2.2 40.8 1000 2092 1 13 2244
5 Stripper avg yield 35 2400 12 35 1 35.36 2.46 437.97 30.41 69 14 2.4 44.2 1000 2456 2.4 12 2431
6 Stripper high yield 35 3700 12 39 0.9 40 3.79 379.95 35.98 95 11 3.3 50 1000 3788 3.7 8.8 3314
7 Contracting low yield 1000 12 13 38.4 2.91 488.4 37 76 13 48 1000 2909 1 11
8 Contracting avg yield 2400 12 26 41.6 3.85 491.6 46 93 11 52 1000 3852 2.4 9
9 Contracting high yield 3700 12 27 47.2 6.45 497.2 68 137 7.32 59 1000 6448 3.7 6.1

Grain yield t/ha


Loading

Area ha


Loading

Cost $/ha


Loading

Cost $/hr


Loading

Fuel L/hr


Loading

Fuel cost $/ha


Loading

Fuel cost $/hr


Loading

hectares per hour hectares


Loading

Labour $/ha


Loading

Labour $/t


Loading

Labour hours


Loading

Speed km/hr


Loading

Time hours


Loading

Tonnes tonnes


Loading

Tonnes per hour tonnes


Loading

Total fuel dollars


Loading

Total labour dollars


Loading

Width of header front feet


Loading
Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Kooloonong, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Kooloonong, VIC Vertosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Kooloonong VIC
2017 445.2mm
2016 401.1mm
2015 376.4mm
2014 435.8mm
2013 427.2mm
2012 482.7mm
2011 530.4mm
2010 528.4mm
2009 403.1mm
2008 391.8mm
2007 406.5mm
2006 426.2mm
2005 451.3mm
2004 408.8mm
2003 406.3mm
2002 389.0mm
2001 444.8mm
2000 412.2mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties

Loading

Climate

Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Kooloonong VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
Loading
Loading
Loading

Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2017 trial report



Trial last modified: 02-12-2019 13:41pm AEST