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Rising costs and interest rates
The prices of machinery and equipment have increased by approximately 30-50% since 2020, while interest rates have simultaneously doubled to 5-6%. Managing these changes is crucial for the success of your farm. Machinery costs typically range from 2500-5500 SEK/ha & year, constituting about 30% of your expenses in crop cultivation. The machinery cost for a 250-hectare farm is around 1.3 million SEK. Trimming machinery costs by 5-10% on such a farm can save you 100,000 SEK per year! Learn more about this in a video from Lantbruksnytt!
Raise awareness about machinery costs
To find opportunities to save, one can identify various costs such as fuel, maintenance, insurance, capital costs, and interest. Retaining, replacing, or purchasing a machine is a strategic choice because, even though new technology may be expensive upfront, it might work faster or provide better crop returns, while avoiding repair costs often associated with older machinery. By weighing these changes in machinery costs against improvements in crop cultivation, a reasonable budget can be established—either as a total cost, per hectare, or as a percentage of turnover. Here, you can find templates to calculate both an overview and detailed machinery costs.
Impact on total costs
Developing a clear machinery cost calculation can be challenging due to the fact that actual machinery costs are located in various sections of the accounting. Simplify the process by not complicating it—better to make a rough estimate than not calculate at all! Try to separate costs depending on whether it relates to financing needs, tax depreciations, or operational economics.