Spreadsheet Decision Tools

Crops & Machinery

MNCoverEcon.xlsm Cover Crop Projected Benefits and Costs in Minnesota (Click here for documentation and links to similar tools available elsewhere, contains macros and requires Excel 2007 or later.)
MACHDATA.xlsm Machinery cost calculator and database that accompanies the extension publication Machinery Cost Estimates and contains the input data used. (contains macros and requires Excel 2007 or later.)
CROPBUD.xlsm Crop enterprise budget spreadsheet with projected 2017 costs and returns for corn grain, soybeans, wheat, corn silage, alfalfa hay, and energy crops
Hybrid Poplar Economics Workbook.xlsm Hybrid Poplar Economics Workbook (external link to U of MN Natural Resources Research Institute)

Livestock & Manure Handling

CUSTOM_DRAGHOSE.xlsm and CUSTOM_TANK.xlsm have example data, or enter your own data in CUSTOM_DRAGHOSE_BLANK.xlsm or CUSTOM_TANK_BLANK.xlsm CUSTOM_DRAGHOSE.XLSM is a spreadsheet for custom manure applicators to estimate the cost of applying liquid manure with a drag hose system. CUSTOM_TANK.XLSM is for a tank applicator system applying solid manure, or a box spreader system for solid manure. Space is provided to enter up to 8 tractors and power units and 20 implements and attachments such as applicators, pumps, and hose reels, and 6 trucks. Up to 120 individual jobs can be analyzed for cost differences related to distances, application rates, and equipment required. (Requires Excel 2007 or later). See also part 1 and part 2 of a short video explaining how to use the spreadsheets. The videos discuss the draghose version.
MANURWKST and related files Addresses questions related to the economic value of livestock manure and costs of hauling and applying it (with Bob Koehler, retired extension educator, U of MN Southwest Research and Outreach Center). This is a link to several spreadsheets with a news release, PDFs of presented papers, Powerpoint slide sets, and hand worksheets.