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Deductible Livestock Costs for Adjusting 2017 Income Tax Returns
Estimated deductible costs for use in adjusting farm expenses to exclude the cost of producing home-consumed farm produce.
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BRaNDS - Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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USB Flash Drive
$525.00
Digital Download (.zip)
$525.00
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Lease Supplement for Obtaining Conservation Practices and Controlling Soil Loss
The purpose of this lease supplement is to encourage cooperation between tenants and landlords to obtain and maintain needed conservation practices on a rented farm.
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Farmer's Tax Guide: For use in preparing 2017 Returns
This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming.

Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.

The explanations and examples in this publication reflect the Internal Revenue Service's interpretation of tax laws enacted by Congress, Treasury regulations, and court decisions. However, the information given does not cover every situation and is not intended to replace the law or change its meaning. This publication covers subjects on which a court may have made a decision more favorable to taxpayers than the interpretation of the Service. Until these differing interpretations are resolved by higher court decisions, or in some other way, this publication will continue to present the interpretation of the Service.

For more publications visit: IRS Publications Online

If you would like to order a hard copy they are available through the IRS Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail website.
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations. .

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$525.00
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$525.00
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Evaluating a Company's Financial Position before Selling Grain on Deferred Price Contracts
There are a number of contract types used to sell grain. One of these is selling grain on deferred price contracts. This publication discusses how to evaluate a company's financial position before selling grain using a deferred price contract.
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Evaluation Tool
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Financial Performance Measures for Iowa Farms
Provides information about typical income levels generated by Iowa farms. Also illustrates other important measures and ratios that can help you evaluate the profitability, liquidity, and solvency of your own farm over time.

Worksheet and formulas included
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Financial stress in Iowa farms: 2014-2016
Iowa farm financial conditions have deteriorated since 2012, but average indicators of liquidity and solvency remain close to their long-term levels.

This publication examines the financial well-being of 273 Iowa farms, detailing their average net income, net worth, debt-to-asset ratio, liquidity rating, solvency rating and working capital per acre.
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Iowa Farmland Rental Rates, 1994-2017
Iowa Farmland Rental Rates, 1994-2017, provides an update of cropland rental rates in Iowa.

Cropland rental rates averaged $231 per acre in 2017, down $4 per acre from 2016. This was the third decrease in value since 1999. Cash rent for pastures averaged $54 per acre in 2017, showing a $2 increase for the second year. Rent as a percentage of land value was 2.9 percent for cropland and 1.7 percent for pasture. Prepared from data collected from the USDA National Agriculture Statistic Service.
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BRaNDS Appendix
The BRaNDS Appendix contains many tools for estimating feed quantities and qualities along with some cattle and pasture growth and development. The Appendix is part of the Professional Edition, but those with the Standard Editions can also download this Appendix now.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.
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Digital Download (.zip)
$10.00
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Iowa Farm Transition Case Studies: Loomis Family Farm Transition
The Loomis family from northern Iowa has recently completed a successful family farm business transition to the next generation. The transition of their row crop and swine farm spanned the first 22 years of the younger generation's farming career, was well planned and implemented gradually.

This case study highlights the transition planning process and timeline, tools used, the older generation's estate plan, lessons learned, and the Loomis's advice for other farm families considering a farm business transition. Questions about the family's current situation and possible future of the farm are included for family or classroom discussions.
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Standard Edition Cow and Heifer Module
The Cow and Heifer Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met. A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Standard Feedyard Edition
This module helps solve everyday feedlot ration problems. Besides normal cattle descriptions, frame size defined by weight at 50% Choice, facility type, environment and feedstuff mixes are used to calculate whether daily gain goals are met.

Implant type, Optaflexx, MGA are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$50.00
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Complete Standard Edition
Combines all the standard edition modules of BRaNDS in an economical package - utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program's default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in, and the item is then added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$260.00
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2016 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns
Provides detailed costs and returns to well-managed, full-time Iowa farms. The values presented are averages. Topics covered include assets and liabilities, income and expenses, efficiency factors, crop and livestock production, and more.
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Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa -- 2017
This publication contains estimates of production costs for common livestock enterprises in Iowa. Estimates are intended to reflect average or above-average levels of management using common types of technology. Input prices reflect expected average price levels during the year.
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Flexible Farm Lease Agreements
This publication provides information needed to develop flexible farm lease agreements, where the actual rent is not determined until after the crop is harvested. Included is a flexible lease agreement worksheet and multiple examples.
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Computing a Cropland Cash Rental Rate
This publication guides owners and renters through the process of computing a cash rental rate for farmland.
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For Farm and Agribusiness Management Strategies and Information...
There is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and agribusiness management field specialist near you.
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Delayed and Prevented Planting Provisions
Find out about late planting and damaged crop situations for crop insurance coverage.
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Proven Yields and Insurance Units for Crop Insurance
The first step in developing a crop risk management program for a farm is to establish the proven yield and unit structure. Descriptions and examples of determining actual production history (APH) are provided. Determining insurance units also is discussed.
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Improving Your Farm Lease Contract
This publication provides information to use when creating a farm lease contract.

Sections include:
  • Reasons for farm leases
  • Factors that influence leasing terms
  • Evaluating the farm lease agreement
  • Common types of leases used in Iowa and their main characteristics
  • Potential advantages and disadvantages of different types of leases, and
  • Key areas of decision making
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Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2017 Survey
Typical cash rental rates for high, medium, and low quality cropland, as well as land devoted to hay production, oats, pasture, and cornstalk grazing.

This information can be useful in comparing rental rates among counties and farms of different levels of productivity.
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Your Net Worth Statement
Learn how to write and analyze your farm's net worth statement.
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Your Farm Income Statement
Income figures from your tax return may not accurately measure the economic performance of your farm. Learn more about the information needed to prepare an income statement. See a sample net farm income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of owner equity.
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Farm Financial Statements
The financial position and performance of a farm business can be summarized by four financial statements. Find out more about a net worth statement, net income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of owner equity. Sample forms included.
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ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software
The ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software is stand alone, Windows™ based software designed for commercial beef feedyards to monitor animal and financial performance, generate invoices for custom fed cattle and close-outs on finished lots. Input data regarding feed and health product use, production costs and income are used to calculate real time weight gains, breakeven values and returns on cattle moving through the operation.

Additional information about this software and others can be obtained from the Iowa Beef Center or by contacting Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or garland@iastate.edu

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.

Download and view the free promotional flier (AS 13B) below and take a peek at the benefits this software offers.
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2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey
Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both, have the 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates.

This information is based on a survey of 152 Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers. For each operation, the average rate from the survey, the median and the range are shown.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2016 Summary Report
Survey results for the 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discuss conservation practice use, changes in farming practices and strategies and monarch butterfly conservation. Information sources farmers trust is also examined.
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Suggested Closing Inventory Prices For 2016 Records
This two-page sheet lists values of farm commodities at the end of calendar year 2015 for use in tax reporting.
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Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2017
This publication estimates the cost of crop production in Iowa for 2017. Estimates for corn following corn, corn following soybeans, corn silage following corn, herbicide tolerant soybeans following corn, strip tillage corn and soybeans, non-herbicide tolerant soybeans following corn, low-till corn and soybeans, oats and hay production, alfalfa, grass pastures and machinery costs are all included.
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2016 Iowa Land Value Survey
This annual survey includes information on the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa by county and how the current year's numbers compare to years past.

Additional information can be found at the new Iowa Farmland Value Portal at: http://www.card.iastate.edu/land-value which offers visualization tools such as charts and interactive county maps, as well as links to surveys from prior years.
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Farm Machinery Selection
This publication helps farm managers choose the proper machine size and estimate machinery cost.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Adding solar electrical generation to a farm with grain drying and electrical heating
This case study explores the possibility of constructing a solar array on a farm. Sizing and construction, system performance, energy generation and cost benefits are primary topics of discussion.
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BRaNDS Stocker Module
Use to evaluate and formulate rations for growing cattle on grass or crop residue. Utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program’s default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.
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$50.00
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Income Trends for Iowa Farms and Farm Families 2003-2015
To better understand how the downturn in the farm economy has impacted Iowa farmers and farm families, this study summarizes current trends in farm income and debt by type of farm operation.
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BRaNDS - Standard Cow & Heifer Edition
The Cow and Heifer Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met. A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Breeding Bull Module
Ideally suited for bull test rations, the Growing Bull Module takes into account factors influencing nutrient demand and feedstuff choices to determine if weight gain goals are met. The Breeding Bull Module is for breeding age bulls. Like the Beef Cow Module in concept, this program assists in optimizing the use of feedstuffs in maintaining the herd bull battery..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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Digital Download (.zip)
$100.00
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$0.00
BRaNDS - Standard Feedyard Edition
This module helps solve everyday feedlot ration problems. Besides normal cattle descriptions, frame size defined by weight at 50% Choice, facility type, environment and feedstuff mixes are used to calculate whether daily gain goals are met.

Implant type, Optaflexx, MGA are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$50.00
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BRaNDS - Standard Edition
Combines all the standard edition modules of BRaNDS in an economical package - utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program's default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in, and the item is then added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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Iowa Drainage Guide
This publication provides guidelines for drainage improvements installed on Iowa's agricultural land. It provides legal, soil management, and engineering information to farmers, engineers, contractors, farm planners, and others associated with drainage system planning, construction, and management.
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$25.00
BRaNDS - Kansas State Standard Edition Cow and Heifer Module
The Beef Cow Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met.  A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Complete Standard Edition
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$260.00
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Iowa Farms: From Strong to Vulnerable in a Year?
This publication examines how liquidity and solvency changed between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 for a panel of 316 farm business in Iowa. Data are obtained from the Iowa Farm Business Association (IFBA).
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Farm Financial Planning Program
This publication describes the one-on-one farm financial computer analysis service available from ISU Extension to assist farm operators in assessing cash flow and profitability in a format often requested by lenders.

Previously referenced as: PM 1775
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Pricing Forage in the Field
This publication provides an explanation of how to price forage in the field. It includes details on corn silage, oats, hay and haylage, and cornstalks and examples for each.
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Iowa Farm Financial Conditions in 2015
This publication examines the financial performance of a group of farm business in 2015. The analysis focuses on: farm income, wealth, financial liquidity, farm size, enterprise mix, financial structure, financial performance and efficiency, and farm program payments.

The study provides a snapshot of Iowa commercial farmers' financial strengths at a time of low crop prices and a new Farm Bill. The data used in the analysis are obtained from the Iowa Farm Business Association (IFBA), an independent farm accounting association managed and controlled by its members.
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Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada - 2015
Created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the North Central Region and Ontario, this publication documents the impact of major diseases on corn production during the 2015 growing season.

This is the fourth year that plant pathologists around the North Central region have coordinated their efforts to document disease-related losses in corn yields across the region - future publications will document the years to come.  CSI

Available from the Crop Protection Network.
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Iowa Farm Lease
Full legal document for determining the nature and conditions of a farm lease.

This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, then printed; or it can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.
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Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)
Use this form to save time and effort you would otherwise spend drafting your own cash rent agreement. This short form outlines what needs to be agreed upon. This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, then printed; or it can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.
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Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets
These estimated costs and returns for organic crops are based on data from an Iowa State University research farm in southwest Iowa. They were modified to more accurately reflect average Iowa results according to organic farmers who reviewed the budgets.
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Crop Advantage Series 2016 - Managing Margins in 2016 and Beyond
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Economist Chad Hart discusses his projections for corn and soybean yields in his presentation titled 'Managing Margins in 2016 and Beyond'. Hart gave the talk as a part of ISU Extension and Outreach's Crop Advantage Series. He also discusses ways to shrink crop margins in order to make each acre more profitable

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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2014 Summary Report
This report summarizes the results of the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey of farmers on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982.

Topics highlighted: the next generation of farmers, farm family succession plans, opinions about retirement decisions, use of professional advisers for agricultural decision making (i.e., fertilizer program development, pest and crop disease management, soil and water conservation), the use of information technology, and rural quality of life.
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A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers
People interested in hosting a farmer training program (incubator or other) will find the resources in this publication useful to teach a Beginning Farmer Training program. The curriculum in this manual is divided into three parts: production practices, post-harvest handling, and business planning/basic finances. Each module is organized by learning objectives and includes narrative, hands-on activities, and links to worksheets and additional resources.
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Replacement Strategies for Farm Machinery
Analysis of four general replacement strategies, plus alternatives to acquiring machinery. Also includes info on income tax considerations.
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Estimating Farm Machinery Costs
Increasingly larger machines, new technology, higher prices for parts, and higher energy prices have caused farm machinery and power costs to rise in recent years. This publication illustrates the calculations needed to accurately estimate the costs of owning and operating farm machinery with a specific tractor example.

Includes a worksheet for estimating total operating cost (repair, fuel, and labor) and total ownership cost (depreciation, taxes, interest, insurance, and housing) associated with a machine during its lifetime.
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Adapting Crop Share Agreements for Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
Questions to consider in finding the best crop share lease to provide equitable returns for the landowner and tenant when the farming system deviates from a conventional corn-soybean rotation.
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Introduction to Crop Marketing
An overview of corn and soybean marketing including the four basic marketing tools: cash sales, forward contracts, futures and options.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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ISU Crop Marketing Information
Online resources from Iowa State University to help market crops including fact sheets, spreadsheets and the Iowa Commodity Challenge all contained on the ISU Ag Decision Maker web page. Other sources of information include the Iowa Farm Outlook newsletter, Grain Marketing eCourse and ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Basis, Futures Carry and the Cost of Storage
Learn about crop basis, futures carry and the cost of grain storage. Compare on-farm storage to commercial storage costs.






Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Marketing Fundamentals (Supply/Demand)
Examine the balance between crop supplies and crop demands that determine both futures and cash prices. Review of the major USDA crop reports that provide fundamental information. 




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Technical Chart Signals
Examine chart signals on futures charts such channel lines, sell and buy signals, resistance and support levels and moving averages.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Seasonal Price Trends
Review corn and soybean price patterns that repeats themselves with some degree of accuracy year after year in crop markets.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Crop Marketing Strategies
Learn to use a crop marketing matrix based on your expectation for futures prices and basis to determine appropriate strategies and tools.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Marketing Tools: Futures
Review the role of futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) farmers can use to reduce crop price risk by hedging.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Marketing Tools: Options
Understand the basics of both put and call options used for managing futures price risk. An option is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying futures contract.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Developing a Crop Marketing Plan
Learn how to put together a proactive strategy to price your crop. Such a plan might include your cost of production, financial goals, cash flow needs, price objectives, time objectives, grain storage capacity, crop insurance coverage, anticipated production and appetite for risk.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist
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New Safety Net: PLC, ARC-CO, ARC-IC
The 2014 Farm Bill introduced several changes to the commodity programs available through the FSA and created a new insurance program to complement one commodity program through the RMA.

This publication provides an overview of the new safety net available to Iowa crop operators through FSA from 2014 to 2018.
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2014 Farm Bill: Terms to Know
The 2014 Farm Bill covers many areas and includes terms you may have heard before.

This publication helps to define the many terms, phrases, and organizations involved in the Farm Bill.
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2014 Farm Bill Analyzer: Data and Methods
The ISU Farm Bill Analyzer is an educational tool to help Iowa corn and soybean farmers make informed decisions regarding the reallocation of base acres and election of a commodity program for the life of the Farm Bill.

Download the ISU Farm Bill Analyzer, an Excel spreadsheet, from the Ag Decision Maker website for analyzing the decision points for corn and soybean producers in the 2014 Farm Bill.
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New Safety Net: SCO
The 2014 Farm Bill introduced the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), a new endorsement to farm-level crop insurance policies available through the Common Crop Insurance program (COMBO).

The publication explains how SCO offers shallow loss revenue protection at a county level by covering a portion of the producer’s crop insurance deductible based on county yields or revenue (depending on the underlying COMBO policy).
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Current Crop Insurance Policies
Detailed comparisons of crop insurance plans are provided.
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Fieldwork Days in Iowa
Includes estimates of the number of suitable fieldwork days in each of the nine crop reporting districts in Iowa, based on weekly records from 1964 through 2013.
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Revenue Protection Crop Insurance
Details are provided on a risk management tool, crop revenue insurance, that guarantees a certain level of revenue rather than just production. The guarantee is based on market prices and the actual yield on your farm. Three example scenarios are presented also.
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2014 Farm Bill: Dairy Provisions
The Agricultural Act of 2014 will bring changes including a new program for dairy producers. The Agricultural Act has multiple programs that can benefit dairy producers, but the highlight is the Margin Protection Program (MPP).
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Estimated Cost of Establishment and Production of Miscanthus in Iowa
Giant Miscanthus, a non-invasive biomass that grows well in the Midwest, is expected to play a significant role to reach the cellulosic biofuel mandate. It can adapt to marginal land, which implies its potential. This report presents production cost estimates for Miscanthus and an example case for Miscanthus production, detailing inputs required and procedures involved in establishment, yearly operation, and harvest.
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Twelve Steps to Cash Flow Budgeting
Here is a step-by-step guide to develop a cash-flow budget, analyze the budget, and to help budget for major investments.
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Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 2012
Dramatic changes in farm income and land value occurred between 2007 and 2012, altering many established trends in farmland ownership.

This study, Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 2012, documents the current situation.
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Lease Supplement for Investing in Improvements on a Rented Farm
The purpose of this lease supplement is to encourage cooperation between tenants and landlords to obtain needed improvements, facilities, and buildings on a rented farm.
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Survey of Iowa Leasing Practices, 2012
This publication discusses the characteristics of Iowa farmland leases, including regional differences, based on a survey conducted every five years.
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Joint Machinery Ownership
The key to successful joint ownership of machinery is for for partners to agree on when and how to use the equipment. This publication shares various scenarios for equitable sharing.
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Transferring Ownership of Farm Machinery
There are five basic methods to transfer ownership of farm machinery. This publication details those options.
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Wages and Benefits for Farm Employees | Results of a 2011 Iowa Survey
Results of a random survey of large-scale Iowa farms employing one or more persons full-time in 2011 show a wide variety in the level and type of wages and benefits earned by the 20,000 people working as full-time farm employees.
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Estimated Costs for Livestock Fencing
This publication compares the costs of building a quarter mile straight perimeter fence with woven wire, barbed wire, high-tensile non-electric, and high-tensile electrified, and temporary interior fencing.
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Important Crop Insurance Dates
Lists important crop insurance dates for corn and soybeans in Iowa. Dates may vary for other crops and states. Terms are defined.
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BRaNDS - Missouri Professional Edition
An update to Missouri BRaNDS is forthcoming.
For specific questions regarding Missouri BRaNDS software and its upcoming availability, please contact Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or email: garland@iastate.edu

BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations.

**Requires Excel 97-03 or later editions, including Vista and Microsoft Office 07.
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Yield Protection Crop Insurance
Multiple peril crop insurance offers many combinations of coverage levels, unit designations, and add-on features. Find out more.

Three specific examples provided.
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Group Risk Plan (GRP) and Group Risk Income Protection (GRIP)
This publication discusses the advantages and disadvantages of Group Risk Plan (GRP) and Group Risk Income Protection (GRIP) programs that are designed to help farmers protect their crops from disastrous losses.
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Beginning Farmer Center - Resources to help our next generation of farmers
This fact sheet is an annual report to the Iowa General Assembly on the activities of the Beginning Farmer Center, established in 1994 at Iowa State University through a legislative initiative.
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Sizing Minimum Ventilation to Save Heating Energy in Swine Housing - Farm Energy
Wasted heating energy due to over-ventilation is a costly problem for hog producers. Proper sizing of ventilation and use of variable speed fans can improve energy efficiency.
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Enterprise Budget: Raspberries
Raspberries are a favorite among consumers. This sweet fruit has become increasingly popular in the last decade with the United States as the world’s third largest producer. Washington, California, and Oregon are the leading producers in this country, but raspberries are suitable to grow in Iowa. Raspberry harvest begins in the early months of summer and extends into early fall. The first full crop from a raspberry planting will be harvested in the second year after planting.

Commercial production of raspberries is a long-term commitment with stands usually lasting 10 years. Careful site and variety selection, soil preparation and irrigation are important in the planning process.
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Enterprise Budget: Dairy Goats
Interest in dairy goat production has been growing recently for a variety of reasons. Dairy goats are less costly to buy and feed for someone starting in the dairy business. The average dairy cow in Iowa produces 65 pounds of milk a day with some top-performing cows producing up to 150 pounds. Cows also eat 50 pounds a day. On the other hand, dairy goats eat 6 pounds a day and produce 4-7 pounds of milk. The demand for goat cheese and products has increased because of the added health benefits and alternative offerings for people with allergies to regular milk. Before starting your goat enterprise, consider your labor, physical, and management resources.
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Enterprise Budget: Christmas Trees
Gathering around a Christmas tree has been a family tradition since 1500. Purchasing the family tree has become a holiday event. Nationwide, approximately 35 million trees are sold annually and many Iowans have invested in Christmas tree farms to serve the market for this festive tradition.

Christmas tree plantations ranging in size from a few to more than a thousand acres can be found in almost every region of Iowa. Growing Christmas trees in Iowa can be profitable, and uses soils that are less conducive to conventional crops. Currently Iowa has around 200 Christmas tree farms on 1,500 acres of land.
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Iowa Farm Building Rental Rate Survey
This publication summarizes rental rates reported to ISU Extension by Iowa tenants, farm owners, and farm managers.
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Rented Land in Iowa: Social and Environmental Dimensions
More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.

Decisions regarding who has access to that land and how it is farmed can influence the social and environmental outcomes of family farming.

See what the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discovered about rented land in Iowa. Recommendations are suggested to ensure that non-operator landownership is either neutral or beneficial to farm operators, farmland owners, rural communities, and the land itself.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2009 Summary Report
Highlights from the 2009 farm and rural life poll include: the next generation of farmers, farm policy and commodity production, mixed livestock and grain farming, farming and food systems in rural communities, value-added agriculture, targeted conservation, nutrient removal wetlands, and personal and financial well-being.
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Tracking the Energy Use on Your Farm - Farm Energy
Find out how to track your energy use on the farm with a simple energy log by using the provided Excel file linked within the PDF.
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Leadership in the Bioeconomy -- Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Details how the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is involved in the bioeconomy through research, extension, and education.
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Revenue Insurance for Livestock Producers
Two revenue insurance products are available to help livestock producers manage risk: livestock gross margin and livestock risk protection. Both are described and examples are provided.
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Custom Farming: An Alternative to Leasing
An alternative to leasing farmland is custom farming. The custom operator agrees to perform all the machine operations on the owner's land in exchange for a set fee or rate. This publication discusses responsibilities of both parties, contracts, payments, and other considerations. A two-page sample contract is provided.
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Soil Erosion and Water Quality -- Resource Conservation Practices
Soil erosion by water and the impact of sediment-attached nutrients on lakes and streams creates problems for both agricultural land and water quality. Learn more about this topic along with conservation and best management practices.
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Conservation Buffers and Water Quality -- Resource Conservation Practices
Buffers are designed to intercept sediment and nutrients and reduce soil erosion; they also help enhance air and water quality and fish and wildlife habitats. Learn how to understand, manage, and maintain conservation buffers.
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Considerations in Selecting No-Till -- Resource Conservation Practices
Consider the advantages of a no-till system. This publication looks at weed control, residue management, equipment requirements, nutrient management and the results of yield and economic return studies.
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Iowa Poultry Slaughter, Processing, and Sales Guidelines for Small-scale Producers
This publication is designed to help small-scale poultry producers in Iowa figure out poultry slaughter and processing regulations and their associated marketing limitations. A map and contact information is included of processing facilities that can handle small batches.
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Life After CRP - Decisions, Decisions | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Consider five important factors when deciding what to do when CRP contracts expire.
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Lease Alternatives for CRP Land | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Find out about the various lease options for CRP land: crop share, livestock share, cash lease, or flexible lease.
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Resource Inventory Guide | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Use this worksheet to inventory the resources you have to work with concerning your CRP land.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Northwest Iowa
Information on northwest Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Southwest Iowa
Information on southwest Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- North Central Iowa
Information on north central Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- South Central Iowa
Information on south central Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Northeast Iowa
Information on northeast Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Southeast Iowa
Information on southeast Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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Profitable Corn Harvesting
Every bushel of corn saved by careful operation of your combine adds to your profits. Harvesting losses are inevitable, but this publication can help you to measure losses, as well as discovering where they occur and how to prevent them.
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Farm Electric Power Sales Tax Exemption
Fuels, including electricity, used directly in processing and production on the farm are exempt from Iowa state sales tax. To receive this exemption, a farmer must provide adequate documentation. This publication provides information, worksheets, and a sales tax exemption certificate to aid farmers.
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Economic Analysis of Three Iowa Rotations
Compare the economic return to management of three crop rotations: conventional corn-soybean, organic corn-soybean-oat/alfalfa-alfalfa, and low external-input corn-soybean-oat-alfalfa. This peer-reviewed publication details the production and market assumptions made and also mentions non-economic factors that can affect rotation decisions.
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Consider the Strip-Tillage Alternative -- Resource Conservation Practices
Strip-tillage is an alternative to no-till in areas where poorly drained soils are dominant. Read about comparisons of strip-tillage to other tillage systems and the benefits and possible concerns.
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A Panel Study of Iowa Farm Financial Conditions: 2000-2007
This paper examines the financial performance of a group of Iowa farm businesses over several years. The issues addressed include: farm and household income; wealth; financial liquidity, structure, performance, and efficiency; and farm program payments.
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Iowa Farm Business Resource Directory
This publication offers contact information for programs that will help Iowa farmers improve their operations.
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Agriculture Offers Economic Opportunities (11 inch x 17 inch poster)
The back side of this poster lists 11 agricultural economic opportunities and 19 ways ISU can help Iowa's economic development..
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Choosing Among Alternative Agricultural Enterprises
The agricultural industry in Iowa is dominated by commodity production, which is a high volume, low profit margin industry. Narrow profit margins force farm businesses to grow in assets, output, and labor for income to remain profitable. Farmers unable or unwilling to grow must look to higher margin alternatives. The question becomes which alternative?
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BRaNDS - Missouri Standard Edition -- Beef Cow and Heifer Modules
An update to Missouri BRaNDS is forthcoming.
For specific questions regarding Missouri BRaNDS software and its upcoming availability, please contact Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or email: garland@iastate.edu

The Beef Cow Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met.  A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included.
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The Bioeconomy in Iowa: Local Conversations
Report of citizen discussion groups held in spring 2007 in 96 Iowa counties regarding hopes and concerns about the bioeconomy. More than 950 participated in these Extension-facilitated meetings.
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Profitable Soybean Harvesting
Every bushel of soybeans saved by careful operation of your combine adds to your profits. Harvesting losses are inevitable, but this publication can help you measure losses, discover where they occur, and how to prevent them.
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Using Enterprise Budgets to Make Decisions
There are numerous decisions that can be made with the help of an enterprise budget. Three are discussed here: pricing, changing production practices, and product mix.
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Iowa Vegetable Production Budgets
This enterprise budgeting tool can help vegetable growers estimate the costs and revenue associated with producing a product. Growers with multiple enterprises can use total sales as the basis for estimating the cost of planting, growing, harvesting, and handling key crops with a series of worksheets.

Specific crops include: Asparagus, basil, green beans, carrots, eggplant, garlic, salad greens, snow peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, cherry and heirloom tomatoes.
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Estate Planning
This publication is designed to acquaint you with the considerations, problems, and tools available in estate planning. It has been updated to include 2005 revisions to the tax law.
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Tillage, Manure Management, and Water Quality -- Resources Conservation Practices
Tillage and manure application practices significantly impact surface and ground water quality in Iowa. Learn how tillage and manure management affect soil erosion and considerations for nitrogen and phosphorus use.
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Tillage Management and Soil Organic Matter -- Resources Conservation Practices
It has been well documented that increased tillage can reduce soil organic matter in topsoil. Learn what soil organic matter is; the importance of surface residue, tillage effect, and quality conservation systems; and the benefits of organic matter for improving soil quality.
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Manure and Tillage Management -- Resource Conservation Practices
Adopting best management practices throughout an operation must take into consideration both manure application and tillage management.
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2002 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injuries are listed as serious or not serious. Total injuries and fatalities are listed. This data cannot be compared with data collected during 2000 or earlier because of different reporting systems used.
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2003 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injuries are listed as serious or not serious. Total injuries and fatalities are listed. This data cannot be compared with data collected during 2000 or earlier because of different reporting systems used.
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Considering Sustainable Agriculture on Your Rented Land
Several Iowa examples are given of different business arrangements for rented land, using sustainable practices. Communication between owner and tenant is one key.
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Residue Management and Cultural Practices -- Resource Conservation Practices
High crop residue levels translate directly into soil conservation benefits. Includes what affects crop residue and four methods of measuring it.
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Understanding and Managing Soil Compaction -- Resource Conservation Practices
Excessively compacted soil can result in many problems including a reduced yield and an increase in horsepower and fuel necessary for tillage. Learn more about this problem as well as ways to reduce soil compaction.
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Four Roads to the Future of Agriculture
Details on the future success of: commodity farms, product farms, direct market/specialty farms, and multiple-income farms.
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