Crops -- Decision Tools

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    
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 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    
Direct and Counter Cyclical Program Payment Estimator
Use this decision tool to project Direct payments and Counter Cyclical Program Payments for the current farm bill.
pdf file A1-32    
Projected ACRE Payment Rates for Iowa Crops
Use this decision tool to see projected payments rates for the ACRE program.
pdf file A1-33    
SURE Payment Calculator (Supplemental Revenue Assistance)
Use this decision tool to estimate payments under Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) for 2010 or 2011 crops.
pdf file A1-44    
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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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    
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Estimating the Field Capacity of Farm Machines
Use this decision tool to estimate the acreage capacity of a new machine.
pdf file A3-25    
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    
 

 

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