Wisconsin producers can find information to help in making their cropping decisions for the upcoming year by using the 2014 updated field crop, vegetable and pasture budgets prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Extension Farm Team and available online at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/farmteam/; look in the Enterprise Budgets heading.
These budgets calculate the costs associated with using tractors, implements, and durables. The costs calculated are energy use, labor, repairs, ownership interest cost, and depreciation charge. With the increasing prices for fertilizer, fuel, seed, and pesticides, these budgets are best used as a "side-by-side" comparison tool to analyze financial costs and benefits for producing different crops.
The field crop budgets include barley, corn after corn, corn after soybeans, corn silage after alfalfa, corn silage after corn, oats, rye, soybeans, spring and winter wheat, seeding alfalfa and established alfalfa for hay and haylage. There are two established pasture and two pasture establishment budgets.
The 15 commercial vegetable budgets include: cabbage (non-irrigated), carrot (non-irrigated), pickling cucumber (irrigated), slicing cucumber (irrigated), peas (irrigated and non-irrigated), potato (non-irrigated and irrigated), snapbean (non-irrigated and irrigated), and sweetcorn (non-irrigated and irrigated).
The 23 fresh market vegetable budgets are: asparagus, beet, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, honeydew melon, leek, muskmelon, onion, peas, Bell pepper, pumpkin, salad greens, snapbean, summer squash, sweet corn, tomato, watermelon and winter squash.
For more information about these crop budgets, contact Ken Barnett at 715-355-4561 or email@example.com.