Tuesday, February 5, 2013
USDA 2013 crop returns
The NAT thread about ammonia prices being anything between $800 and $1,000 a ton this year made me wonder how useful the USDA projections for the 2013 and 2014 crop costs are.
But at least you can put your own local costs in that spreadsheet and apply the same progression rate as the USDA, or specify your own progression rates or numbers.
I modified slightly the USDA spreadsheet to do exactly that: Fill in the first colum in blue, and maybe the other blue column too if your 2013 numbers are different from the USDA progression rates.
An ag journalist used the same USDA data published last December, and compiled it with yield revenue too, but he forgot half of the costs from the USDA spreadsheet, showing benefits of $630 per acre for corn!
I added the yield information to the spreadsheet too.