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

Crop Budget Estimator Tool for Grains (Detailed)


February 9, 2019 - Author: ,

The Microsoft Excel based tool is built around key areas that producers need to consider as they plan for and continually evaluate their growing season. It combines in one place:

  • Marketing Goals
  • Yield Goals
  • Detailed Chemical Planning
  • Detailed Fertilizer Planning
  • Break-Evens of:
    • Net Farm Income
    • Cash Flow
    • Net Worth
    • Economic Profitability.

The Estimator Tool is only as useful to the producer as the information that they put into it. Using their own farm records, they can build a budget that is used for Marketing decisions, comparing Chemistry and Fertilizer programs recommended by crop nutritionists and advisors, evaluating Capital Purchases (i.e. a new tractor or combine), and other important management decisions for their farm.

These management decisions are broken into four key areas:

  • Net Returns
  • Financial Scorecard
  • Break-Evens
  • Fertility Program.

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

Update - 4/27/2020

  • Nutrient Management - A new tab has been created to input soil test and manure nutrient analysis information to better refine your production planning.
  • Coming soon - downloadable example file

Update - 11/4/19

  • Optimization Tool - Using the budgets created in the estimator, the optimization tool will determine what combination of acres returns the highest profitability.
    • Producers define:
      • 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

Update - 6/14/19

  • Economic Profitability Net Returns and Break-Even information moved to Capital & Management tab.
  • Financial Efficiency ratios now include Operating, Depreciation, Interest, and Net Farm Income

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


Tags: cass county, changing markets cost of production, farm management, field crops, firm budgets & cost of production cost of production tools, msu extension, resilient business management

Related Topic Areas

Perennial Grains, Small Grains, Farm Management


Jonathan LaPorte

Jonathan LaPorte

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