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July 25, 2014
LITTLE ROCK – When your office is hundreds of acres of cropland, being able to multitask
without being tethered to a desktop computer has its advantages. Now growers can calculate
crop enterprise budgets from an iOS device anywhere, with the CE Budgets app launched
by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Assistant Professor of Agriculture Economics Archie Flanders and Associate Professor
and Extension Engineer Dharmendra Saraswat, both with the Division of Agriculture,
joined forces to launch this app.
CE Budgets is “the only one in Arkansas,” Flanders said. This app allows farmers and
growers to evaluate the expected costs and returns for their upcoming crops on their
iPhone, iPad or iPod.
The Division of Agriculture has long made it easier for producers to calculate these
expected costs and returns through electronic spreadsheets. “We hear (producer) demands
to have a mobile app as more farmers are using mobile devices,” he said.
Because they are usable on Apple OS devices, “this will be convenient for growers,”
Flanders said, as growers don’t have to go back to their desktop computers to view
their budgets and make any changes.
Another advantage, according to Saraswat, is that all the data is contained in the
app. “Once users download it on their iOS device, they don’t need to use the data
plan” to make changes and generate needed data.
This app allows for modifications to represent typical farm situations such as soil
types, production practices, and other circumstances determined by consultations with
farmers and county agents within the division.
How to use CE Budgets app
The app is easy and straightforward, especially for those who are familiar with farming
and its numbers, Flanders said.
“You can look at different scenarios. For instance, if corn is $4 and $5, what would
be my difference?” he said. Farmers and growers need to select basic information,
such as the type of crop and then change crop price and grower’s share to give indication
of potential profit.
This app allows growers to compare different crops in Arkansas – corn, cotton, sorghum,
soybeans, rice, and wheat – and see which one based on expected price will have a
Another helpful feature is to identify the production expenses, which can tell how
much farmers would likely borrow to finance the crop. After knowing how much money
they need, they can directly email it to their banker, Saraswat said.
Although Flanders said different states have slightly different crop specifications,
he said it’s possible for growers in neighboring states to use this app. “Southern
Missouri’s production characteristics are very similar with northeast Arkansas.”
Some details in the app, such as the minimum wage and how much time to grow crops,
are determined based on Arkansas’ conditions, but Saraswat said the app would allow
people from another state to change those inputs accordingly.
The version released this month, 2.0, is an update to version 1.0 released earlier
this year, and includes all relevant budget data, Saraswat said. Those who downloaded
the first version will get a notification that the updated version is available, he
The app has been released for iOS7.
Funding also comes from the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, Arkansas Soybean
Promotion Board, Arkansas Rice Checkoff, and Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board.
For more information about crop production and agricultural economy, visit www.uaex.uada.edu or contact your county extension office.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Kezia NandaFor the Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com