Surviving High Input Costs in Crop Production

Manage Costs, Maximize Profits

The following articles include practical recommendations and projected on-farm savings for reducing input costs. Many of the costs used in these articles were based on crop budgets revised in early fall 2008.  To estimate today's savings, use the link at right to access the most recent crop budgets and reference these numbers in making any calculations.

Production Practices

Soil Fertility

Machinery Management

Pest Management

Production Management


Grain Storage & Handling



Nebraska Crop Budgets

Covers budgets for 16 crops and 50 cropping systems and includes tables of power, machinery, labor, and input costs used to develop the budgets.  Also see budgets grouped by crop below.

Updated Crop Budgets

  • Alfalfa
  • Corn
  • Dry Beans
  • Grain Sorghum
  • Grass
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Pasture
  • Sorghum
  • Soybeans
  • Sugarbeets
  • Sunflower
  • Wheat
  • Tables of Costs Used to Develop Budgets