The North Dakota State University Extension Services has updated the Crop Compare program, which is a spreadsheet designed to compare cropping alternatives. The program uses the direct costs and yields from the 2014 projected crop budgets for nine regions of North Dakota, but producers are encouraged to enter the expected yields and input costs for their farm. Andy Swenson, NDSU Extension Service farm management specialist says producers can compare the 'break-even' prices to the expected market prices to see which crop is most likely to compete with the reference crop. Swenson says Input costs and
grain prices can move quickly and the program provides a tool for producers to check the changing scenarios until final planting decisions are made.
The Crop Compare program is available on the Web at
Also, the complete 2014 crop budgets are available at