Crop Cents Mobile App
Available in html5 as of August 2016! This means it can be used on any platform. This version automatically sets the default value for labor hours and it is very user friendly.
CropCents is a supplemental app to the DairyCentsPRO mobile app. Most livestock producers do not know the actual costs to raise their home raised feeds. An accurate accounting of home raised feeds is a better approach versus using the market prices to calculate income over feed costs.
CropCents can be used for crop, dairy, and beef producers. This app requires entry of all crops grown on farm. This is important as labor hours need to be distributed correctly among all cropping activities. The direct inputs required are the total costs for seed, chemicals, fertilizer and custom hire for each crop. The total yield for each crop is required.
Operating expenses including fuel and oil, repairs, hired labor, machinery and building leases, land rent, real estate taxes, farm insurance, utilities, risk management, dues and professional fees, miscellaneous expenses, owner draw and loan payments are required.
Once all this information is entered, the output will give the yield in tons/acre and the cost/ton. These numbers can be compared to the current market prices or they can be entered into the DairyCentsPRO mobile app to calculate a herd’s income over feed cost using actual feed prices.
Using the CropCents mobile app
Scroll to the particular crop type you want, i.e. forages. Select "Next".
For any forage that typically has multiple cuttings, all cuttings need entered. In this example, an alfalfa/grass mixture was harvested as silage and hay. After the input costs have been entered select “Enter Cuttings”.
In this particular example, there were 3 cuttings of haylage and 2 cuttings of hay. To accurately calculate labor hours, haylage information needs to be entered in 3 times and hay information 2 times.
In this example, total tonnage harvested of haylage was 441 tons, so 3 entries of 147 tons needs entered. For hay, total tonnage was 150 tons, so 2 entries of 75 tons needs entered.
Select “Add” to keep entering the appropriate number of cuttings.
This part of the program is where the user identifies the type of operation. This is a dairy operation so the user enters in the number of cows. Other selections include beef or crop. Default values are provided for labor hours/cow from referenced sources. These can be changed if desired.
Based on several references, default values for labor hours/acre are listed for the various crops. If the user feels they do not reflect their operation, they can be changed.
This is the output screen showing the average yield and cost. Note that for forages that had cuttings, there will be a listing for haylage and hay. In this example, red clover and sorghum-sudan were harvested as haylage only and why there is a zero value for hay.
Producers(dairy, livestock, crop) who produce agronomic crops for feed or sale.
Frequently Asked Questions
J. Craig Williams