Table 5: Estimated corn stover harvest cost.

Tractor Baler

Horse power (hp) 130.00
Baler width (ft) 20.00
Bale weight (ton)
Life (year) 12.00 12.00
Annual hours of use 450.00 250.00
Fuel use (gal/hr) 5.72
Speed (mph) 5.00 5.00
Field efficiency (%) 0.80 0.80
Capacity (acre/hr) 9.70
Fuel price ($/gal) $2.60
List price ($) $118,889.00 $96,667.00
Fixed cost ($/hr) $21.96 $34.34
Repair cost ($/hr) $2.20 $11.28
Fuel cost ($/hr) $14.87
Lubrication cost ($/hr) $2.23
Labor cost ($/hr) $17.50
Variable cost ($/hr) $36.80 $11.28

Total cost ($/hr) $58.77 $45.61
Total cost ($/acre) $6.06 $4.70