With the several options now available for housing and curing burley (conventional tobacco barn types, cable-hoist system and field curing structures), producers often ask and need to know comparative costs of the various options. Barns have a higher initial cost, long life and assessable value to the farm. The one-tier field structures initially cost about one-third that of a barn per acre of capacity and have labor savings and periodic plastic replacement cost. Low-cost cantilever type field curing structures and frames are even lower in cost and reduce labor but have annual plastic replacement costs and some higher weather risks. The cable-hoist method reduces labor by about half but has relatively high initial equipment and barn construction or conversion costs.
College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky, "Cost Comparisons for Burley Tobacco Housing and Curing Facilities and Methods" (1998). Agricultural Engineering Extension Updates. 3.