Enterprise Budgets are starting points

Budgeting helps guide you through your decision making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm.

Crops or livestock? Corn, soybeans or wheat? We can begin to answer these questions with well thought out budgets that include all revenue and costs.

Without some form of budgeting and some method to track your enterprises’ progress you’ll have difficulty determining your most profitable enterprise(s) and if you’ve met your goals for the farm.

Budgeting is often described as “penciling it out” before committing resources to a plan.

Ohio State University Extension has had a long history of developing “Enterprise Budgets” that can be used as a starting point for producers in their budgeting process.

Updated

Newly updated Enterprise Budgets for 2010 have been completed and posted to the Farm Management Web site of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.

Updated Enterprise Budgets can be viewed and downloaded from http://aede.osu.edu/Programs/FarmManagement/Budgets/.

Enterprise Budgets updated so far for 2010 include: corn-conservation tillage, soybeans-no-till (roundup ready) and wheat-conservation tillage (grain and straw).

Our enterprise budgets are compiled on downloadable Excel spreadsheets that contain macros for ease of use. Users can input their own production and price levels to calculate their own numbers.

New look

These Enterprise Budgets have a new look with color coded cells that will enable users to plug in numbers to easily calculate bottoms lines for different scenarios.

Detailed footnotes are included to help explain methodologies used to obtain the budget numbers.

Starting this year we will be updating these Enterprise Budgets periodically during the year as large changes occur in price or costs.

Budgets will include a date in the upper right hand corner of the front page indicating when the last update occurred.

About the Author

(Barry Ward is the leader of production business management in the Ohio State University Extension’s department of agricultural, environmental and development economics.) More Stories by Barry Ward

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