Tools

Screenshot of the ARC/PLC Payments per Base Acre in Iowa tool

ARC/PLC Payments per Base Acre in Iowa

ARC/PLC Payments per Base Acre in Iowa
This decision tool provides a simple and intuitive way to compare annual ARC-CO and PLC payments for corn and soybean base acres across counties in Iowa.

Screenshot of the Iowa Cash Rents by Land Quality tool

Iowa Cash Rents by Land Quality

Iowa Cash Rents by Land Quality
The cash rental rate information is from a survey of farmers, landowners, agricultural lenders, and professional farm managers. They supplied information based on their best judgments about typical cash rental rates for high, medium, and low quality cropland in their counties, as well as for land devoted to production of hay, oats, and pasture.

Screenshot of the Net Returns Calculator for Cover Crops Terminated with Herbicides tool

Net Returns Calculator for Cover Crops Terminated with Herbicides

Net Returns Calculator for Cover Crops Terminated with Herbicides
This decision tool is intended to help farmers who do not currently use cover crops evaluate the expected annual net returns to cover crop adoption under alternative scenarios, and to serve as a benchmark for farmers who are already using cover crops and want to improve the return on their investment.

Screenshot of the Historical Ethanol Operating Margins tool

Historical Ethanol Operating Margins

Historical Ethanol Operating Margins
The return over operating costs is one signal of the level of profitability to producing ethanol. This return is calculated as the difference between the revenues from ethanol plant outputs (ethanol and dried distillers grains with solubles [DDGS]) and the costs of variable production inputs (corn, natural gas, and other costs such as enzymes, labor, electricity and water).

Screenshot of the Historical Biodiesel Operating Margins tool

Historical Biodiesel Operating Margins

Historical Biodiesel Operating Margins
CARD is tracking biodiesel returns over operating costs based on a typical continuous flow plant that uses soybean oil as feedstock for biodiesel production. Given soybean oil and biodiesel prices for Iowa reported weekly by the Agricultural Marketing Service, and methanol prices reported monthly by Methanex, we have computed the biodiesel operating returns from April 13, 2007, to the present.

Retired Tools

CARD has some retired tools that may be accessed but are no longer being updated.