Harvesting Rates calculation and policy.
Custom Harvesters Inc. represents harvest contracting businesses operating in all cropping regions. Seasonal assessments are made concerning crop quality and concentration in each area to enable harvesters to arrive as crops reach optimum maturity.
Upon arriving at a growers property and prior to harvesting, Custom Harvesters members usually confirm quoted harvest rates and the method of charging. Written harvest agreements are available whether hourly rates are used, an amount per hectare, or on a per tonne basis. A formal agreement is of benefit to both parties.
Custom Harvesters members promote comparative charges combining use of financial operational factors and prevailing market conditions as their foundation pricing.
Some of the variables which may determine fluctuations in harvesting rates are:
Crop type, grain yield and cut height - all affect harvester throughput.
Crop condition - free standing or lodged, weed affected or low yield areas.
Total in-field & off-field hourly/daily grain handling facilities to accomodate total hourly/daily harvesting capacity.
Travel distance to farm and required services - if remote from other grain growers.
Precision agriculture (PA) requirements - supply of PA set-up and RTK base station.
PA consultant/agronomist liason or support.
Paddock terrain - ground condition, absence of obstacles or precise notification of all obstacles.
Total area of crop(s) to be harvested by contractors and number of contractor machines on property.
Controlled traffic and or chaff/straw residue and crop cut height requirements.
Suitable and complient daily fueling requirements.
Compliant fire fighting equipment supplied in-field.
Terms of account payment - if not settled at completion of harvest.
Provision of related equipment by contractor - augers, trucks, field bins.
Custom Harvesters members are keen to build long lasting relationships with grain growers, whilst showing responsibility and consideration to all growers by taking bookings during harvest. High standards of workmanship and business ethics are expected from Custom Harvesters members. While grain producers should pursue competitive prices for harvesting, careful consideration must be given as to the level of service provided when booking a contractor. Custom Harvesters members prefer to confirm bookings well prior to harvest.