Wisconsin farmers can expect input costs for growing alfalfa and other crops to rise by about 15% in 2012, says University of Wisconsin Extension educator Ken Barnett. He looks for fertilizer and seed prices to be up and pesticide prices to be relatively stable.

To help maximize investment in inputs, Barnett advises producers to check out the 2012 Crop Budget Cost of Production Calculator for Wisconsin. It allows producers to construct enterprise budgets for corn after corn, corn after soybeans, corn silage after alfalfa, corn silage after corn, soybeans, winter wheat, seeding alfalfa and established alfalfa for hay and haylage.

For more about the calculator, contact Barnett at 715-355-4561 or ken.barnett@ces.uwex.edu.