Decision Tools

Title     Description Author
Custom Rates     Custom rates reported include charges for the use of necessary equipment, fuel and supplies such as baling wire or twine provided by the custom operator, and labor Glennis McClure
Farm Lease Calculator     Farm Lease Calculator is a spreadsheet used to evaluate, analyze, and determine crop production budgets and lease arrangements for the benefit of landowners and tenants. Roger Wilson


Crop Decision Tools

Title Description Author
Systemwide Crop Enterprise Budgets An Excel spreadsheet that integrates 20 crop enterprise budgets for a single firm or system. This tool allows fixed costs, such as general farm insurance, accounting charges, repairs, utilities, and other overhead costs to be allocated across the various enterprises based on acres grown, crop gross, crop net of direct costs, hours spent in the field, or field fuel use. It also provides analyses based on cash and profitability.  Wilson
Irrigation Cost Calculator A web-based app for calculating the costs for owning and operation a center pivot system. Wilson
Irrigated Pea Budget   Groskopf
Limited Irrigation Calculator   Groskopf
Storage Cost Calculator   Groskopf
Corn or Soybeans after Corn These Excel worksheets are designed to help producers make planting decisions. Commodity prices used are harvest contract prices quoted by All Points Cooperative in Gothenburg, NE on January 10, 2008. Cost inputs are for representative NoTill budgets using price estimates. They are provided for demonstration purposes only as prices are extremely variable at this time. Producers need to use their own price estimates and should independently verify all results prior to making their planting decisions. Stockton
Corn or Sorghum after Corn   Stockton
Sorghum or Soybeans after Corn   Stockton
Corn or Soybeans after Soybeans   Stockton
Corn or Sorghum after Soybeans   Stockton
Sorghum or Soybeans after Soybeans   Stockton
Corn or Soybeans after Wheat   Stockton
Corn or Sorghum after Wheat   Stockton
Sorghum or Soybeans after Wheat   Stockton
Established Wheat or Corn   Stockton
Soil Fertility Management: Nitrogen Crop-Q-lator   Stockton


Livestock Decision Tools

Title  Description Author    
Cow/Heifer Breeding Cost Cow-Q-Lator Excel spreadsheet that estimates the average annual breeding costs per calf. More information available here Stockton    
Breeding Cost Cow-Q-Lator Excel spreadsheet designed for producers to estimate the cost of maintaining bulls for their herd. More information available here. Wilson    
Stochastic Partial Budgetingfor Beef Cow Replacement Excel spreadsheet that estimates net benefits of buying a heifer instead of raising them. Based on this analysis it provides a Cumulative Distribution Function(CDF) graph of net benefits. To learn more about stochastic partial budgeting and guidance on entering data in the spreadsheet click here. Stockton    
Partial Budgeting for Drought Management Excel spreadsheet that gives an example of partial budgeting of buying replacement heifers vs. raising them considering the possibility of a drought. Stockton    
Cow-Calf Cost Cow-Q-Lator Excel spreadsheet that calculates the cost of raising one calf. Through that computation, producers can estimate profitability. (For this spreadsheet to work correctly, please enable macros. Go to security warning in the top menu bar. Click options, then click "enable this content.") Stockton    
Cow-calf Share Lease Cow-Q-Lator Calculates an equitable share arrangement for leasing cows. The password for this spreadsheet is "cow." Stockton    
The Cornstalk Grazing Cow-Q-Lator Excel worksheet for matching livestock size and numbers with corn stalk acres needed with a cost. Stockton    
The Feed Cost Cow-Q-Lator Examples compares the cost of TDN and Crude Protein in different feeds considering transportation and handling costs and losses. It also calculates the feed needed and total cost given herd size and days fed. The "With Examples" spreadsheet is the above described spreadsheet with some sample feeds entered. Stockton    
Breakeven Cow-Q-Lator for Feeders or Cull Cows An Excel worksheet that calculates breakevens for feeders or cull cows. Stockton    
Water Development Cost Cow-Q-Lator for Grazing Livestock A worksheet for estimating the cost for developing water sources for livestock in grazing areas. This worksheet is from extension circular EC03-821 published by the University of Nebraska. Stockton