A Portuguese company that imports twine and net wrap to the U.S. has introduced an online tool to help growers or custom balers choose which of its products works best for their baler models. It then calculates the number of bales a product will make and per-bale cost.

AgriTools also can be used to calculate the total cost per bale based on the number made per season and other factors, says Rui Vieira, marketing director at Cordex Agri. Its U.S. subsidiary, Cordex North America, is headquartered in Bensalem, PA, with 27 stock locations in several states, he reports.

“In today’s hard financial climate, Cordex Agri strongly believes that contractors (custom balers) and farmers should clearly understand their costs so that they can control them and become more profitable,” Vieira says.

The free tool works for most small square, large square and round baler brands and models currently in use. For square balers, the number of bales made and cost per bale are based in part on bale length. The bale diameter and number of planned twine or net wraps are included in the round baler calculations.

The total-baling-cost option lets the user enter his own figures for a number of expense factors, including annual bale count, hours of tractor operation, baler depreciation and maintenance, labor and insurance premiums. “There are lots of possibilities to fine-tune the tool to your specific needs,” says Vieira.

“This is not the finished tool,” he adds. “We’ll be making upgrades every six months.”

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