Three Online Resources for '07 Crop Decisions
January 24, 2007
1) NDSU Crop Budgets The North Dakota State University Extension Service will soon post crop budgets for 2007 online at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/aginfo/farmmgmt/cropbudget.htm
Here, there are also budgets for previous years, and for irrigated, no-till, and organic situations. The budget projections for regions throughout North Dakota are not absolute; obviously crop costs and profit vary by farm. However, the budgets are useful for baseline comparisons and crop planning.
2) 2007 Crop Compare Enter the price of one crop in this free Excel spreadsheet developed by Dwight Aakre and Andrew Swenson of the NDSU Extension Service, and find out the price of competing crops necessary to generate the same return over variable costs. Dry beans are included in most of the comparisons available by region in N.D., except the far western part of the state.
Go to www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/aginfo/farmmgmt/resources.htm
- there, under Resources click on Software and see Excel file under 2007 Crop Compare.
3) Ag Decision maker Excellent resource from the Iowa State University Extension Service for analysis relating to costs and returns, marketing, machinery, and cropping decisions.
Go to www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/homepage.html - click on Decision Tools.