Complete List -- Decision Tools

Crop Decisions

Cost & Return
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Pasture Cost Improvement Budgets (8 Decision Tools)
Use these decision tools to determine the initial cost per acre for improving:
pdf file A1-15  
       
Hay Storage Cost Comparison
Use this decision tool to compare costs for various types of hay storage
pdf file A1-15    
Fruit & Vegetable Budgets (15 Decision Tools)
Use these decision tools to estimate the costs and returns for fruit and vegetable production. Budgets are available for:
pdf file A1-17    
       
Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets (4 Decision Tools)
Use these decision tools to estimate the costs and returns for growing Organic Corn, Organic Soybeans, Organic Oats, and Organic Alfalfa
pdf file A1-18    
Crop Production Costs Budgets (13 Decision Tools)
Use these decision tools to project the costs and returns of growing:
pdf file A1-20    
       
Breakeven Worksheet for Crops
Use this decision tool to find cash-flow requirements per acre and break-even selling prices per bushel or ton for individual crops.
pdf file A1-20    
Crop Rotation Summary
Use this decision tool to estimate the returns for different crop
rotations
pdf file A1-20    
Making the Transition from Conventional to Organic Production
Use this decision tool to help analyze the transition process from conventional to organic production.
pdf file A1-26    
Miscanthus Following Pasture/Hay
Use this decision tool to estimate costs for Miscanthus production.
pdf file A1-28    
ISU Farm Bill Analyzer
Use this education tool to analyze the decision points for corn and soybean producers in the 2014 Farm Bill.
pdf file A1-33    
Agricultural Act of 2014 - 2014-2018 Base Acres Reallocation and Yield Update
Use this decision tool to analyze the reallocation of base acres and yield updates for the 2014 Farm Bill.
pdf file A1-35    
Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Payment Estimator
Use this decision tool to estimate payments under the Average Crop Revenue Election program.
pdf file A1-45    
Crop Insurance Comparison
Use this decision tool to compare different crop insurance strategies for corn and soybeans.
pdf file A1-48    
Delayed Planting and Replanting Evaluator
Use this decision tool to evalutate delayed planting, replanting and prevented planting alternatives.
pdf file A1-57    
Group Risk Crop Insurance Comparison
Use this decision tool to compare GRIP and GRP crop insurance for corn and soybeans.
pdf file A1-58    
Corn Silage Pricer
Use this decision tool to estimate a minimum and maximum price for corn silage standing in the field or harvested and stored
pdf file A1-65    
Corn Stover Pricer
Use this decision tool to estimate a price for corn stover standing in the field or harvested and stored.
pdf file A1-70    
Rotation Profitability Calculator
Use this decision tool to compare return to management on different crop rotations and find the break-even price.
pdf file A1-80    
Rotation Profitability Calculator - using optimal nitrogen rate
Use this decision tool to compare return to management on different crop rotations using the optimal rate of nitrogen.
pdf file A1-80    

 

Markets
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Comparison of Drying Systems Calculator
Use this decision tool to compare total drying cost per bushel based on the type of drying system and price inputs.
pdf file A2-31    
Corn Drying and Shrink Comparison
Use this decision tool to compare alternatives for wet grain at harvest.
pdf file A2-32    
Monthly Cost for Storing Grain
Use this decision tool to project the cost of storing grain past harvest in existing storage facilities or commercial storage.
pdf file A2-33    
Grain Storage Investment Comparison
Use this decision tool to compare the cost for on-farm storage, commercial storage, rental farm storage, or in a storage condominium investment.
pdf file A2-35    

 

Outlook & Prices
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Season Average Price Calculator
This decision tool uses monthly grain prices and futures prices to estimate the season average price for corn and soybeans.
pdf file A2-15    

 

Machinery
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Determining the Custom Operator's Share of the Crop
Use this decision tool to compute an equitable share of the crop to give the custom operator instead of a cash payment.
pdf file A3-13    
Farm Machinery Financing Analyzer
Use this decision tool to compare the cost the cost of owning vs. leasing farm machinery.
pdf file A3-21 pdf file A3-35
Estimating the Field Capacity of Farm Machines
Use this decision tool to estimate the acreage capacity of a new machine.
pdf file A3-24    
Matching Tractor Power and Implement Size
Use this decision tool to match the size of a tractor to the size of an implement.
pdf file A3-28    
Estimating the Number of Field Days Required
Use this decision tool to estimate the number of field days required to complete a field operation.
pdf file A3-28    
Estimating Farm Machinery Costs
Use this decision tool to estimate the cost of owning and operating farm machinery.
pdf file A3-29    
Grain Transportation Costs
Use this decision tool to find ownership and operator costs for transporting grain by wagon or truck.
pdf file A3-29    
Combine Ownership or Custom Hire
Use this decision tool to help you compare the cost of owning a combine to the cost of custom hire.
pdf file A3-33    
Joint Machinery Ownership
Use this decision tool to compute each party's cost of jointly owning machinery.
pdf file A3-34    
Farm Machinery Joint Venture Worksheet
Use this decision tool to compute each party's initial capital contribution and annual payments and operating expenses for a joint venture
pdf file A3-38    
Motor Vehicle Cost Analyzer
Use this decision tool to calculate ownership and operating costs for a vehicle per mile and per year.
pdf file A3-40    
 

 

Livestock Decisions

Cost & Return
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Livestock Enterprise Budgets (12 Decision Tools)
Use these decision tools to project the profitability of
pdf file B1-21  
     
Organic Dairy Budget
Use this decision tool to project the profitability of organic dairy production.
pdf file B1-24    
Livestock Revenue Protection (LRP) Analyzer
Use this decision tool to compare the price risk protection available with Livestock Revenue Protection to using futures contracts, put options or no price protection.
pdf file B1-50    
Managed Hay and Grazing of CRP Acres

Use this calculator to analyze costs for managed haying or grazing of CRP acres.

pdf file B1-60    
Manure Calculator
Use this decision tool to analyze the value of manure nutrient components.
pdf file B1-65    
Buying heifers for beef cow replacement (one replacement unit)

This decision tool is for a producer that typically develops their own heifers and is considering purchasing replacement females in a given year.

pdf file B1-73    
Raising heifers for beef cow replacement (one replacement unit)
This decision tool is for a producer that typically purchases replacement females and is considering developing heifers in a given year.
pdf file B1-73    
Net Present Value of Beef Replacement Females
Use this decision tool to find the net present value of beef replacement females.
pdf file B1-74    

 

Markets
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Cow Sell Calculator
Use this spreadsheet to compares opportunities for marketing cows now or incurring additional costs to target other (later) markets.
pdf file B2-35    
Cow Repurchase Calculator
Use this spreadsheet to estimate the costs saved and interest earned on sale proceeds between sale and repurchase date.
pdf file B2-35    
Simple Hog Market Calculator
Use this decision tool to evaluate the added return per head from marketing hogs a few days later and at a heavier weight.
pdf file B2-53    
Swine Marketing Decision Calculator
Use this decision tool for help in evaluating optimal marketing weight.
pdf file B2-53    
Simple Hog Market Calculator
Use this decision tool to evaluate the added return per head from marketing hogs a few days later and at a heavier weight.
pdf file B2-55    
Swine Marketing Decision Calculator
Use this decision tool for help in evaluating optimal marketing weight.
pdf file B2-55    
Iowa Livestock and Poultry Corn Use Calculator
This tool combines Iowa livestock and poultry population statistics with livestock production budgets to calculate feed use under several pre-determined scenarios.
pdf file B2-55    

Whole Farm Decisions

Cost & Return
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Partial Budgeting
Use this decision tool to evaluate the financial effect of incremental changes for a farm business
pdf file C1-50  
Market Comparison
Use this calculator to estimate costs for various produce delivery markets.
pdf file C1-55    

 

Leasing & Land Values
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Cash Rental Rate Estimation
Use this decision tool to compare different methods of computing Cropland Cash Rent.
pdf file C2-20    
Flexible Lease Agreement Worksheet
Use this decision tool to analyze a flexible lease arrangement.
pdf file C2-21    
Calculating Hay and Pasture Cash Rents
Use this decision tool to compare different methods of computing rent for hay and pasture ground.
pdf file C2-23    

Computing a Grain Storage Rental Rate
Use this decision tool to estimate a grain storage and/or dryer rental rate.

pdf file C2-24    
Computing a Livestock Building Cash Rental Rate
Use this decision tool to estimate a livestock building rental rate.
pdf file C2-26    
Beef Cow Share Agreement Analysis
Use this decision tool to estimate costs and returns for each party in a beef cow share agreement.
pdf file C2-36    
Farmland Purchase Analysis
Use this decision tool to compare the economic and financial impacts of purchasing a parcel of farmland.
pdf file C2-70    
Historic Farmland Value Survey (Iowa State University)
This spreadsheet provides historic Iowa land values for county, district, and state beginning in 1950.
pdf file C2-70 pdf file C2-72
Calculating a Weighted Average Corn Suitability Rating
Use this decision tool to find the weighted CSR2 based on information from the Web Soil Survey.
pdf file C2-87    
Iowa Township Names and Geographic Locations by County
This electronic spreadsheet provides a listing of the political townships for every county in Iowa.
pdf file C2-88    

 

Finance
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Cash Flow Budget (short form - 12 periods)
Use this decision tool to make a simple cash flow projection over 12 periods.
pdf file C3-14    
Cash Flow Budget (corn, soybeans and livestock)
Use this decision tool to calculate a detailed cash-flow budget for your farm.
pdf file C3-15    
Net Worth Statement (short form)
Use this decision tool to make a simple net worth statement.
pdf file C3-19    
Cash to Accrual Net Farm Income Worksheet
Prepares an accrual net income statement from income tax schedules and net worth statements.
pdf file C3-25    
Financial Performance Measures
Use this decision tool to calculate financial performance measures for your farm that can be compared to industry standards.
pdf file C3-55    
Interpreting Financial Performance Measures
Use this decision tool to create a five-year trend analysis.
pdf file C3-56    
Complete Financial Statements
Use this decision tool to calculate a comprehensive set of financial statements including the beginning and ending net worth statements, the income statement, the cash-flow statement, the statement of owner equity, and the financial performance measures.
  C3-20 C3-25 C3-55
Dividing Business Income
Use this decision tool to calculate how to divide income between different parties.
pdf file C4-16    

 

Weights & Measurements
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Metric Conversions
Use this decision tool for converting between English and Metric units.
pdf file C6-80    

 

New Business Decisions

Starting a Business
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Grant In-Kind Match Contributions
Use this decision tool to keep track of in-kind match for matching grants.
pdf file C5-06  
Travel Expense Voucher
Use this decision tool to keep track of travel expenditures for reimbursement.
pdf file C5-06    
Value-Added Processing Facility Start-up Costs
Use this decision tool to estimate the start-up cost of a value-added processing facility. You can also use this spreadsheet to monitor your budgeted expenditures.
pdf file C5-113    

 

Marketing
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Marketing Outlet Analyzer
Use this spreadsheet to evaluate different market outlets based on their potential contribution to overall farm net income.
pdf file C5-32    


Renewable Energy Decisions

Outlook & Prices
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Monthly Profitability of Ethanol Production
View the monthly profitability and underlying assumptions.
  D1-10  
Monthly Profitability of Biodiesel Production
View the monthly profitability of biodiesel production.
  D1-15    

 

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