Resources for calculating the cost of drying grain
The late fall and high moisture grains may certainly increase the cost of drying for the 2009 crop. The Grain Drying Cost Calculator is available to estimate costs for drying. The spreadsheet includes five different types of drying systems, and requires few inputs from the user. Inputs required are the cost of electricity, dryer capacity, bushels dried, labor rate and moisture levels. The results give the cost per year, bushel, and point. The spreadsheet is available for download at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/crops/xls/a1-20dryingcostcalculator.xls. As with all Ag Decision Maker spreadsheets, the Grain Drying Cost Calculator is free to download, and you have the option to save the file on your computer for later use.
More information on grain harvesting and drying information is on-line at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/.