UWEX Crop Budget Analyzer

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Ken Williams, an Extension agent in Waushara county has released an updated Crop Budget Analyzer for corn, soybeans, wheat, seeding alfalfa, and established alfalfa. The Budget Analyzer is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet, which can generate handy one page print-outs.

Other UWEX and USDA resources are available to help with pricing and budgeting.

App for Pricing Wet Corn

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UW-Extension has a smartphone app for pricing high moisture corn. For more information, keep reading the following the press release from UW-Extension’s Greg Blonde.

Contact: Greg Blonde, UW-Extension Waupaca County, 715-258-6230, greg.blonde@ces.uwex.edu

Pricing Wet Corn? UW-Extension has an app for that

Waupaca, Wis. – It’s that time of the year when Wisconsin dairy and beef producers and Wisconsin corn growers explore their options of buying or selling high moisture shell corn (HMSC). This is especially true this year in the northern two-thirds of the state with so much wet corn still in the field.

To help farmers better evaluate their options, the University of Wisconsin-Extension released a Smartphone app this fall to provide a simple way to help estimate the market value of HMSC based on three main variables – dry corn moisture, current corn moisture and price per bushel.

The HMSC$ app is free and available for Android smart phones and tablets on the Google Play store by searching for “HMSC”.

Farmers can use this app to help determine an equivalent value for wet shell corn when compared with a dry shell corn price – a link to current local elevator dry corn bid prices is built into the app. The equivalent wet price is then calculated and displayed in both price per ton and price per bushel. Additional costs for drying and/or shelling can be evaluated under the expense tab. The app also features the ability to email the results directly to others.

“Although a desktop Excel spreadsheet for pricing HMSC is available on the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability web site, it doesn’t have the ability to bring up current market information or automatically share the results”, said Greg Blonde, UW-Extension Waupaca County agriculture agent. “When you’re out in the field or on the go, the HMSC$ app is a great resource tool to have on your Smartphone or tablet computer.”

Blonde also noted the app may be useful to grain elevator managers, as well as Ag lenders and farm managers for valuing their grain or feed inventories.

Apps for Ag

Attention Tablet and Smartphone Users!

Universities and private companies have developed an array of applications for agriculture. Here at the University of Wisconsin, the Integrated Pest and Crop Management program has produced three apps: Wisconsin’s Corn Nitrogen Calculator, Nitrogen Price Calculator, and the IPM Toolkit.

Other free apps:

  • ID Weeds by the University of Missouri Extension for Android and iPhone. For the web page, go here.
  • Aphid Speed Scout by the University of Nebraska.
  • Ground Spray by the University of Nebraska for Android and iPhone.
  • PeRK by the University of Nebraska, an app for pesticide record keeping available for Android and iPhone.
  • SoilWeb for Android and iPhone. The California Soil Resource Laboratory designed this app to use data from the USDA-NCRS to identify your soil type based on your phone’s GPS location. If you haven’t bought a smartphone, you can still access the data at the Web Soil Survey.
  • Nitrogen Calculator, University of Illinois, covering Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • Extreme Beans developed by the United Soybean Board.
  • MixTank by Precision Laboratories is free but a fee is charged for integrated weather data.
  • The Northern Plains Integrated Pest Management Guide was developed collaboratively between University of Minnesota Extension, South Dakota State University, Kansas State University, Iowa State University Extension, North Dakota State University Extension, University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension, and the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.
  • Farm Fuel Budget by North Dakota State University for Android only.
  • FuelLog, by Simon Morgenthaler, will track fuel consumption, miles, maintenance and much more for your vehicles. Free and fee versions available.