Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Cost Per Acre for Sweet Sorghum Establishment in Central Florida for Ethanol Feedstock.


Equipment, Labor, O&M Costs:
Cost Per Acre:
(initial establishment)
Cost Per Acre:
(on-going operations)
Site Prep (Mowing, Disking, Dozer)
$90.00
$22.50
Spraying Herbicide
$13.50
$13.50
Fertilizer Application
$6.00
$6.00
Planting of Seed
$22.50
$22.50
    Sub-Total
$132.00
$64.50
Materials Costs:
 
 
Fertilizer
$92.00
$92.00
Herbicide
$4.85
$4.85
Seed
$16.66
$16.66
    Sub-Total
$113.51
$113.51
Total Base Cost (sum of above)
$245.51
$178.01
Contingencies @15%
$36.82
$26.70
Total Estimated Cost
$282.33
$204.71


An information search on commercial field production cost of planting sweet sorghum for ethanol indicates that our above cost estimate of $178.01 per acre is comparable to other cost estimates which are in the range of ~$150 per acre.

The continued production goal of Homeland Agricultural Fuels at the Bartow Ethanol facility (a nameplate capacity of 5.4 million gallons per year) is to produce ~600 gallons of ethanol per acre from sorghum (in line with what is currently achieved in Brazil using sugarcane).

2 comments:

yubaperson said...

Would like to know the following:
Volume of Sweet Sorghum (green)per acre.
How many cutting per season.
What is the Sugar content of the Sweet Sorghum at Cutting.
What is the Seed Count (planting) per acre

I do have some info and am willing to help out if needed

yubaperson said...

I had left an inquiry on these numbers however got no response.

If anyone out there has information on the costs of growing Sweet Sorghum I would appreciate them getting in touch with me.

We have grown SS in California in field trials numerous occasions and numerous areas of the State.

Would appreciate hearing from others who have been in the SS business