This is the main page of the actual Crop Budget Estimator tool.

Crop Budget Estimator Tool for Grains (Detailed)


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The Microsoft Excel based tool is built around critical farm management decisions you’ll need to consider as you plan for and continually evaluate your growing season. Using your own farm records, you can build a budget that is used to:

  • Create break-evens for use in marketing decisions
  • Compare chemistry & fertilizer programs recommended by crop nutritionists and advisors
  • Calculate the amount of fertilizer you’ll need to reach your yield goals using soil test data, tri-state fertilizer recommendations, manure applications, and nutrient removal information
  • Evaluate capital purchases (i.e. a new tractor or combine)
  • Assess the efficiency of your operation with financial ratios

Optimization Tool - Using the budgets created in the estimator, the optimization tool will determine what combination of acres returns the highest profitability.  You’ll define the

  • Maximum total operating costs
  • Minimum acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat to be planted (for maintaining rotational needs)
  • Total number of acres to be planted

 Economic Profitability – The Budget Estimator Tool has the ability to consider opportunity costs impacts to your farm’s profitability.  This information can be found on the Capital & Management tab.

An Example File showcasing the uses of the Budget Estimator Tool can be found here:

 Example File - Crop Budget Estimator (Detailed)

More information on how to use this tool can be found in the Crop Budget Estimator Tool factsheet.

Video Tutorials

In addition to the fact sheet, the following videos demonstrate each area of the Crop Budget Estimator, it’s uses as well as functions in the decision-making process.    

Tool Overview

Net Farm Income

Chemical Planning

Fertilizer Planning



Wrap-Up & Review



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