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Non-irrigated Red Norland Crop Budget

The data generated here was taken from feedback from a small group of potato growers and local grower cooperatives and operating costs from other Extension publications. The non-irrigated budget provides a generalized budged of a model farm and does not represent any single potato growing operation. This budget is only intended to be used as a guide, because there is great variation amongst potato farms.

Non-irrigated Red Norland Crop Budget (xlsx)

Enterprise budgets are often made to project an expectation of the financial revenues and costs for the coming year, however in reality, it only represents one snapshot of many possible outcomes for the farm. Some elements of a budget are fairly predictable and can be planned for with some degree of certainty, while others may be quite variable, unpredictable, and outside the realm of control of the potato grower. This fact makes potato production, and most other agricultural enterprises, financially risky to engage in.

The data generated here was taken from feedback from a small group of potato growers and local grower cooperatives and operating costs from other Extension publications. The non-irrigated budget provides a generalized budged of a model farm and does not represent any single potato growing operation. This budget is only intended to be used as a guide, because there is great variation amongst potato farms.

The model farm enterprise budget is intended to serve as a template for producers and is meant to be manipulated to suit individual conditions. The budget is organized in the following three sections: gross returns, operating inputs, and ownership costs. The organization and format is similar to Patterson’s (2013) costs and returns estimate. All values or costs are calculated on a per acre basis.

Andy Robinson, NDSU/U of M
Alan Bingham, former graduate student, NDSU
Ryan Larsen, Utah State University

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