Tools for Increasing Profitability

Farm Credit Loan Calculator

This calculator from Farm Credit Illinois computes a loan’s payment amount at various intervals based on principal amount borrowed, length of loan and annual interest rate. Also includes the option to print an Amortization Schedule.

Guide: Understanding Basis

Basis is the difference between the local cash price of a commodity and the price of a specific futures contract of the same commodity. A simple equation, yet key to improving your profitability. This guide details where and how to use basis information. 

Illinois Farm Management Handbook

Machinery costs, crop budgets, rent data, historic crop returns, and so much more is included in this online handbook by University of Illinois' farmdoc. 

2014 Farm Bill FSA Resource 

Your complete resource to the 2014 Farm Bill. Also check out Fence Post, FSA's Farm Bill-related blog. 

Soybean Margins Calculator

Input various data points to understand anticipated crop returns. 

DTN Marketspace

This online grain marketplace connects producers and agribusinesses to more efficiently buy and sell grain.  ISA members get 12 months of free access.

Electronic BalanceSheet by 1st Farm Credit Services

Track assets and liabilities in this free, downloadable spreadsheet.

farmdoc FAST (Farm Analysis Solution Tools)

This suite of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is designed to help those in agriculture make better decisions via user-friendly computer programs. FAST aids users in performing financial analysis, assessing investment decisions, and evaluating the impacts of various management decisions.