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Maize for Grain Economics

The economics of growing maize for grain are dependent on growing costs, crop yield and the price received per tonne of grain ($/tonne).

As a guide, the approximate fixed and variable costs to grow maize for grain are shown in this table. Please contact your local Grain Merchant Representative or contractor to establish current costs.

Table 1: Indicative Maize for Grain Costs of Production for the 2017-18 season

Use the 'My costs' column to determine your costs based on the estimates provided.
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      Indicative costs ($/ha) My costs ($/ha)  
  Inputs
  Soil test, other 10  
  Base: Lime @ 1 t/ha + application 80  
  Base fertiliser: 300 kg/ha + application 200  
  Cultivation: To planting specifications 370  
  Pioneer® brand maize seed P0891 @ 94,000/ha 430  
  FAR levy ($1.00/10,000 kernels @ 94,000/ha) 10  
  Seed insecticide treatment (Poncho®*) 130  
  Starter fertiliser: 250 kg/ha DAP + application 190  
  Planting 150  
  Pre-emergence weed control 60  
  Post-emergence weed control 60  
  Side dressing: 250 kg/ha urea + application 190  
  Spraying: Two applications 80  
    Harvest: Combine 380  
    Total input costs per hectare $2,340
 
  Interest on input costs excluding harvest
    Interest rate 8  
    Interest on $1,960 @ 8% for 8 months $105  
           
  Total costs (inputs & interest) $2,445
 


  Yield
Tonnes per hectare - WET
Tonnes per hectare - DRY (@ 14% moisture)
  Cartage and drying costs
Cartage cost per wet tonne ($)
Cartage: 50 km @ $20 per wet tonne
Drying costs per wet tonne ($)
Drying: (from 22% - 14%) @ $41 per wet tonne
Total drying costs per hectare
  Cost summary 10.5 t/ha DRY 11.5 t/ha DRY 12.5 t/ha DRY 13.5 t/ha DRY 14.5 t/ha DRY
Input costs
Interest (on input costs)
Drying costs / cartage costs
Total costs
  Revenue
Tonnes per hectare - DRY
Indicative price per tonne - 2017 harvest
Total gross revenue per hectare
             
 
Net margin per hectare


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ASSUMPTIONS

  1. Costs to grow, harvest, transport and dry the crop are estimates only.
  2. Medium yield growing environment where 94,000 seeds of hybrid P0891 are planted per hectare.
  3. Wet (harvest) moisture content of 22%.
  4. Costs are estimates based on a sample of contractor rates, other typical industry charges and product costs.

All costs exclude GST and were indicative at 28 February 2017.
The information in this calculator is general in nature and is not intended to be a representation of actual costs. We do not accept any responsibility or liability (whether as a result of negligence or otherwise) for any loss of any kind that may arise from actions based on the contents of this calculator or otherwise in connection with the use of this calculator.