Knowing your farm’s Corn Suitability Rating index (CSR2) provides you with valuable insight into its potential productivity. CSR2 is a tool used in setting cash rental rates and computing a farm’s sale value. In 2013, the system for CSR was updated to CSR2 values. The new system brings greater transparency and consistency to the method of calculation. To learn more about CSR2, visit the Soil and Land Use website (http://www.extension.iastate.edu/soils).
You can compute the CSR2 for your farm by following the steps outlined below. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has an on-line program called “Web Soil Survey” http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/ that you can use to estimate the CSR2 for a tract of land in Iowa.
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