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

2017

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Simon Craig and Troy Thamm (Farm360 Pty Ltd), and Alistair Murdoch (Kooloonong, grower)
Year(s) 2017
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Site 1, Kooloonong, VIC
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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,BWD00024,BWD00024,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
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Method

Crop type Cereal: Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Stubble: Management
  • Stubble: Height
Trial type
Trial design
Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sowing machinery Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Plot blocking Not specified
Plot randomisation Not specified
Paddock history Not specified
Fertiliser Not specified
Herbicide Not specified
Insecticide Not specified
Fungicide Not specified
Pesticide Not specified
Soil amelioration Not specified
Seed treatment Not specified
Inoculant Not specified
Tillage Not specified
Other trial notes Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Net value/year (dollars) Machine hours (hours) Average machine hours per year (hours) Total fuel use (litres) Net value (dollars) Harvest days (days) Total labour (dollars)
1 Draper 1877 268 80982 125 65691
2 Stripper 1578 225 61921 105 55219
3 Difference 299 43 19062 20 10472
4 Value ($) 12435 61322 15250 87043 10472
5 Percentage 16 16 24 16 16

Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Total contractor cost ($/ha) ($/ha) Total draper cost ($/ha) ($/ha) Total stripper cost ($/ha) ($/ha) Total revised stripper cost ($/ha) ($/ha) Total revised stripper cost ($/hr) ($/hr) Total contractor cost ($/hr) ($/hr) Total draper cost ($/hr) ($/hr) Total stripper cost ($/hr) ($/hr)
1 Barley low yield 37 29 29 26 407 488 389 449
2 Barley avg yield 46 32 30 28 397 492 347 438
3 Barley high yield 68 39 36 33 346 497 287 380
4 Wheat low yield 32 29 32 29 440 486 437 486
5 Wheat avg yield 41 31 33 30 431 489 367 475
6 Wheat high yield 56 33 34 31 367 494 292 403

Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Time (hours) hectares per hour (hectares) Labour ($/ha) Fuel (L/hr) Area (ha) Total fuel (dollars) Grain yield (t/ha) Speed (km/hr) Total labour (dollars) Labour (hours) Tonnes (tonnes) Width of header front (feet) Tonnes per hour (tonnes) Labour ($/t) Fuel cost ($/hr) Fuel cost ($/ha) Cost ($/hr) Cost ($/ha)
1 Draper low yield 80 15 2.3 45 1200 2880 0.8 12.5 2800 35 960 12 12 2.9 36 2.4 437 29
2 Draper avg yield 100 12 2.9 49 1200 3920 2.2 10 3500 35 2640 12 26.4 1.3 39.2 3.3 367 31
3 Draper high yield 137 8.75 4 55 1200 6034 3.5 7 4800 35 4200 12 30.625 1.1 44 5 292 33
4 Stripper low yield 80 15 2.3 40 1200 2560 0.8 12.5 2800 35 960 12 12 2.9 32 2.1 486 32
5 Stripper avg yield 83 14.5 2.4 44 1200 2913 2.2 11 2897 35 2640 12 31.9 1.1 35.2 2.4 475 33
6 Stripper high yield 102 11.8 3 48 1200 3905 3.5 9.8 3559 35 4200 12 41.3 0.8 38.4 3.3 403 34
7 Contracting low yield 80 15 45 1200 2880 0.8 12.5 35 960 12 12 36 2.4 486 32
8 Contracting avg yield 100 12 49 1200 3920 2.2 10 35 2640 12 26.4 39.2 3.3 489.2 41
9 Contracting high yield 137 8.75 55 1200 6034 3.5 7 35 4200 12 30.625 44 5 494 56

Trial results Table 1

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

Average machine hours per year hours


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Harvest days days


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Machine hours hours


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Net value dollars


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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 1, Kooloonong, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 1, Kooloonong, VIC Vertosol
National soil grid Source
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

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Climate

Site 1, Kooloonong VIC 2017


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BOM Data source BOUNDARY BEND [15569] 18km proximity to trial site location


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Site 1, Kooloonong VIC 2017


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BOM Data source BOUNDARY BEND [15569] 18km proximity to trial site location


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Site 1, Kooloonong VIC 2017


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BOM Data source BOUNDARY BEND [15569] 18km proximity to trial site location


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Site 1, Kooloonong VIC 2017


Derived climate information
NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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BOM Data source BOUNDARY BEND [15569] 18km proximity to trial site location


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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.