As consultants and people that do work for growers, you need to be compensated for your time and expenses. In the early days of the fertilizer business soil sampling, field scouting, delivery of seed and fertilizer were considered services and much of the time dealers did not charge extra. In today's business world, these services need to be charged for. How many times have you gone to the doctor and he offered to do your blood work or x-ray work for free? Is your business any different? Why should you do soil sampling or delivery product without payment, after all there is the expense to your business for the equipment, person doing the service and the service itself.
In the February 2005 issue of the AgProfessional, David Asbridge wrote a very informative article with some of the rates that are being charged to growers by the different farm service companies. Rather than rewrite the article, we are providing a link to the original article.
Posted with permission by AgProfessional magazine. Copyright by Doane Agricultural Services Co.