[Market-farming] Crop Planning / Seed Order
Sharon and Steve
shopkins at tdstelme.net
Tue Dec 23 07:16:29 EST 2008
Here is a rough guide:
Here is the most valuable book that I use; dont discount it too much if you
are not in New England, most of it can be adjusted to other areas.
Here is a page from it:
Budgets are simply a formal means of organizing relevant
economic information to help make business decisions.
Various types of budgets have been developed to address
different management questions. Partial budgets are used to
assess the impact on net income of a minor change in
operations. Enterprise budgets show the receipts, expenses
and resource requirements associated with producing a
specific product. Whole farm budgets project receipts,
expenses and profit from all enterprises, the entire farm.
Cash flow budgets show cash inflows and cash outflows,
anticipating cash deficits or surpluses through the year.
Enterprise budgets are particularly useful when evaluating
the feasibility of an existing or potential new product.
Receipts and expenses shown on enterprise budgets are
commonly expressed on a per acre basis for vegetable
crops. Putting information on a per acre basis allows for
comparison across crops, across farms and across years. In
addition, receipts and expenses are most often for a year,
coinciding with the business reporting cycle.
Several websites offer a good starting point when developing
crop enterprise budgets, including:
New England Crop Budgets
www.umassvegetable.org (See Farm Planning under Food & Farming Systems)
Penn State Crop Budgets
Ohio Enterprise Budgets
Michigan Budget Estimates
Virginia Horticulture Budgets
Kentucky Vegetable Budgets
www.uky.edu/Ag/HortBiz/pubs.html (See Production budgets under Publications)
In addition to these specific sites, the National Agricultural
Risk Education Library has a budget library which may
easily be searched by commodity and geographic area. The
home address is www.agrisk.umn.edu/.
As a final note, it is important to identify the author's
assumptions about the means of production and marketing
when examining an enterprise budget. These assumptions
have a significant influence on the level of receipts and costs
per acre. Enterprise budgets developed elsewhere will likely
have to be modified to fit any New England situation.
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