Adding a Crop Profile
Before creating your first crop profile, you should decide if you would like to manage your crops field-by-field or as a whole farm.
If you manage your crops as a whole farm, you will be managing all of each crop type in one profile.
For example, if you raise corn and soybeans, you will create one profile for all of your corn and a second profile for all of your beans, even if you have multiple fields of both crop types.
If you would like to manage your crops field-by-field, you will create a separate profile for each field.
For example, if you have three fields of corn and two fields of soybeans, you will create three corn profiles and two soybean profiles.
Another possibility is to manage your operation by location/county or by entity if you own farms with multiple partners or in a corporation.
For example, if you own farms in several different counties, you may want to set each farm with it's on profile and manage it whole-farm style.
NOTE: There is no button you have to click on to indicate which method of management you want to use; you simply just have to decide in which manner you want to enter your data before creating the profiles.
Once you choose your management strategy, you are ready to build profiles:
1. Select Risk Management from the main menu.
2. Your screen should read, “No commodity profiles exit. Let’s add one.” Click +Add crop profile.
3. Choose the type of crop you would like to create a profile for from the Select crop dropdown menu.
4. You have the option for entering a description of this crop profile. This is highly recommended for if you are entering your crops on a field-by-field basis to distinguish between fields.
5. Select the dryland and/or irrigated options, and enter the number of acres of each type of field and your estimated yield per acre.
For whole farm data, enter all acres of that crop type and your estimate for an average yield per acre.
For field-by-field data, select whether that field is dry or irrigated and input that field’s acres and estimated yield per acre.
6. There are options for entering removed (fed or bartered amounts) and stored amounts of grain.
Removed could be an estimate of the amount of crop you plan to feed to your livestock or an amount of crop you plan to trade to someone else for something besides cash, such as rent, labor, or equipment use.
Stored is an estimate of the amount you plan to put in storage.
7. There is a Notes section to can add any additional information that you think is relevant or important to this profile.
8. Click +Add crop profile at the bottom of the page to save your new profile. This will return you to the main Crops page where you can simply repeat these steps to add as many profiles as you need.