Nebraska Agricultural Budgets and Rates

Cow-Calf Budgets

The System Budgets for a Cow Herd is an Excel template to analyze the costs and returns for a cow-calf producer. In addition to the breeding herd enterprise, it contains budget sheets to analyze calves that are retained past weaning. These include the enterprises of wintering calves, grazing stockers, and feedlot placement. It also has a budget that analyzes feeding cull cows prior to their sale. Five downloads offer representative budgets for different regions of the state. Additionally, a blank template allows users to customize their budget.

Cow-Calf Budgets
Crop Budgets

The 2020 Nebraska Crop Budgets include 80 production budgets for 15 crops as well as information on crop budgeting procedures, standard costs used, and a production cost summary. Two new irrigated corn budgets, No. 33 and No. 34, and two new soybean budgets, No. 64 and No. 65, were added for 2020 to reflect production practices and materials using new options for weed management.

Crop Budgets
Custom Farm Rates

A total of 217 survey responses were received in 2020 with information reflecting the current rates charged by custom operators for machine hire services and other work they provide for neighboring farms and ranches or as part of a business enterprise that covers a broader area. Survey participants identified by Nebraska Extension personnel, or in some cases, self-identified custom operators, received a paper survey or a link to the custom rates survey online.

Custom Farm Rates
Farm Real Estate Report

Insight on recent trends in agricultural land values and rental rates across Nebraska. Agricultural land values and rental rates in the report represent averages for different regions of the state.

Farm Real Estate Report
Sheep and Goat Budgets

This budgeting workbook is designed for the small producer and assumes that does will kid once per year. It includes spreadsheets for the breeding herd, bucks, replacement does, and finishing kids.

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