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Fertilizer cost?

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Sat May 11, 2019 7:07 pm

I have 90 acres of brome. I called a custom applicator and asked to have fertilizer spread. They did. The bill came. I'm out of touch with reality apparently. They spread 3,455 lbs of 11-52-0. 14,800 lbs of 46-0-0 and 700 lbs of sulfur.
It cost $4,539.87 or $50.44 an acre. Someone tell me that's what it costs cause I was expecting about 1/2 that price. This isn't an area I'm familiar with. I know what pairs sold for last week. What a 500 lb steer is worth but fertilizer....nope.



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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by bird dog » Sat May 11, 2019 8:00 pm

$478 per ton applied. 200 lbs per acre.

Did they mix those two together? I paid $395 per ton for 46-0-0 in a buggy that I put out.

It may be a little high, but not like your thinking.

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by sstterry » Sat May 11, 2019 8:08 pm

I had 30 acres of hay fertilized in the Spring and the cost was about $1800. So that sounds pretty close. Different break down according to soil tests but still in the ballpark.

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by M-5 » Sat May 11, 2019 8:30 pm

That's about right. 50 bucks an acre is what I figure
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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:13 pm

Thank you. I didn't know. Sure appreciate the input.
At Farmers & Ranchers, Salina KS, special cow sale, May 7 there was a large group of old RA cows with calves at side. These girls were thin. The pen back crew was told to take it easy with the cows as they would go down they were so weak. They brought $1700 a pair. 2-4 year old pairs were bringing an easy $2,500 to $2,700. It was a strong sale.

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sat May 11, 2019 10:46 pm

$45-50 is what I shoot for.

Local price is
Urea 355/ton
DAP 465/ton
Potash 378/ton
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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by kenny thomas » Sun May 12, 2019 4:38 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 7:07 pm
I have 90 acres of brome. I called a custom applicator and asked to have fertilizer spread. They did. The bill came. I'm out of touch with reality apparently. They spread 3,455 lbs of 11-52-0. 14,800 lbs of 46-0-0 and 700 lbs of sulfur.
It cost $4,539.87 or $50.44 an acre. Someone tell me that's what it costs cause I was expecting about 1/2 that price. This isn't an area I'm familiar with. I know what pairs sold for last week. What a 500 lb steer is worth but fertilizer....nope.
Did you have a soil test or how did you come up with those numbers being what you needed?
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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by cowrancher75 » Sun May 12, 2019 6:27 am

sounds about right.

manure is a lot cheaper.

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Sun May 12, 2019 10:59 am

Kenny: most likely a big screwup on my part. This is an old brome meadow. It was cut & baled last year. I want to do it again this year and the guy doing the swathing and baling said I should have it fertilized. Sure.ok.whatever. I called the local applicator service and told em what I had & what I wanted. They said they would take care of it. Ground applicator and support truck showed up and did their job. My mistake was not asking "how much". Probably a good thing I didn't ask! This 90 acres of brome is my only exposure to the crop side of things. Otherwise, I'm pastures and cattle. I buy the rest of the bales that get me through the winter. If it ever warms up, this brome patch ought to yield like crazy. We've had enough rain to refloat the ark.

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by kenny thomas » Sun May 12, 2019 11:30 am

It should really grow but the amount of Nitrogen compared to the other parts seemed high. My question about the soil test was just wondering if that was what is needed. The N will make it grow great but long term the soil test is needed.
Just so you feel better I spent $156 an acre on some pasture a couple years ago. It's what the soil test said was needed. It sure has helped though.
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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by TCRanch » Sun May 12, 2019 1:18 pm

Our soil test was $114, fertilizer & lime for 115 acres of brome & Bermuda was $6621.93 (but deducted $87.15 if paid in 10 days).

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun May 12, 2019 5:33 pm

Hay removal mines minerals. No way around that, and $50 per acre probably does not cover it.
Current grazing theory is that cattle stimulate the soil biology that increases mineral availability.
So you need to look hard at your grazing season vs. your feeding season.
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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by BC » Sun May 12, 2019 5:47 pm

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 7:07 pm
I have 90 acres of brome. I called a custom applicator and asked to have fertilizer spread. They did. The bill came. I'm out of touch with reality apparently. They spread 3,455 lbs of 11-52-0. 14,800 lbs of 46-0-0 and 700 lbs of sulfur.
It cost $4,539.87 or $50.44 an acre. Someone tell me that's what it costs cause I was expecting about 1/2 that price. This isn't an area I'm familiar with. I know what pairs sold for last week. What a 500 lb steer is worth but fertilizer....nope.
According to my figures, you put about 80 units of nitrogen and 20 units of phosphorus per acre. Your costs sound in line

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Re: Fertilizer cost?

Post by Texas Gal » Mon May 13, 2019 11:11 am

We just fertilized 55 acres with 32-10-10 ( I think; I know the N was 32 but can't remember with the P & K were 10-10 or 0-10) at 200 pounds per acre. The bill was $2800 and change.

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