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Agriculture Tools Decision Tools  website is a comprehensive source of information, analysis, and decision-making tools for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and others. The site serves as a clearinghouse for applied outreach information emanating from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Topics presented on the site include: crop and livestock marketing and outlook reports, crop insurance, farm management, agricultural policy, human resources, income tax and law, and agribusiness. also contains decision-making tools, such as budget spreadsheets, and data sets. 


AgroClimate is a web-resource of tools and data on climate and crops that can be used to assist with decisions about the management of agricultural systems in the Southeastern U.S. AgroClimate was developed by The Southeast Climate Consortium, or SECC, which is a coalition of six universities - Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Georgia, Auburn University, and University of Alabama-Huntsville.

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AMoN (Ammonia Monitoring Network)

The AMoN is a network that provides a consistent, long-term record of ammonia gas concentrations across the United States.

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APEX has components for routing water, sediment, nutrients, and pesticides across complex landscapes and channel systems to the watershed outlet as well as groundwater and reservoir components.  A watershed can be subdivided as much as necessary to assure that each subarea is relatively homogeneous in terms of soil, land use, management, and weather.  APEX was constructed to evaluate various land management strategies considering sustainability, erosion (wind, sheet, and channel), economics, water supply and quality, soil quality, plant competition, weather, and pests. 

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Carbon Accounting for Land Managers

CALM, Carbon Accounting for Land Managers, is the first, fully-free, business activity-based calculator showing the balance between annual emissions of the key Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)and carbon sequestration associated with the activities of land-based businesses.

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Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products.

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COMET-Farm is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. Once complete, a report is generated comparing carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions between your current management practices and future scenarios.

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CONUS (Soil Database for the Conterminous U.S.)

CONUS-SOIL is a multi-layer soil characteristics data set for the conterminous United States which has been specifically designed for regional and continental-scale climate, hydrology, and ecosystem modeling. CONUS-SOIL is based on the USDA State Soil Geographic Database (STATSGO) for application to a wide range of SVAT, climate, hydrology, and other environmental models.


Cotton Irrigation Web Tool

This application was developed by Steve Mauget, Gary Leiker, and Shyam Nair with the Agriculture Research Service. A web application for estimating irrigated and dryland cotton profitability using Modeled Yield data.

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The CQESTR model was developed to evaluate the effect of agricultural management practices on short- and long-term soil organic matter dynamics.


Crop Explorer

Crop Explorer provides access to imagery and modeled estimates of crop production, soil moisture, and weather for the US and globally.

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CropScape – Cropland Data Layer provides crop-specific land cover data layers created annually for the continental United States using moderate resolution satellite imagery and extensive agricultural ground truth.

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The Dairy Gas Emissions Model (DairyGEM) is a software tool for estimating ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of dairy production systems as influenced by climate and farm management.


Dairy Wise

Dairy Wise is a complete resource management application integrating people, actions, and items. This application will enable you to gain business management efficiencies by improving processes, procedures, and worker effectiveness. It is designed to be customizable allowing ultimate flexibility defining process workflows specific to your business.

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DNDC (DeNitrification-DeComposition)

DNDC is a computer simulation model of carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry in agro-ecosystems. The model can be used for predicting crop growth, soil temperature and moisture regimes, soil carbon dynamics, nitrogen leaching, and emissions of trace gases including nitrous oxide (N2O), nitric oxide (NO), dinitrogen (N2), ammonia (NH3), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Economic Research Service Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)

ARMS is USDA's primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices, and resource use of America's farm businesses and the economic well-being of America's farm households. ARMS is a nationally representative survey administered using several phases—sample screener, field-level, and farm-level phases—targeting about 5,000 fields and 30,000 farms each year.

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EPIC (The Environmental Policy Integrated Model)

EPIC predicts effects of management decisions on soil, water, nutrient and pesticide movements, and their combined impact on soil loss, water quality, and crop yields for areas with homogeneous soils and management.

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The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of drought and other disasters.

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Farm Carbon Calculator

Designed by farmers for farmers to work out the carbon footprint of their business, identify cost savings and offer advice on how to minimise your carbon emissions.

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GEMS (General Ensemble Biogeochemical Modeling System)

GEMS accounts for the impacts of atmospheric and climatic changes (e.g., changes in precipitation and temperature, CO2 enrichment, nitrogen deposition), land use change (e.g., urbanization, forest logging, fire fuel treatment, biofuel crops, tillage, reforestation), natural disturbances and extreme events (land fire, insect outbreak, drought, flooding, hurricane) on ecosystem C balances and GHG emissions.

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Holos: GHG Software for Farms

Holos is computer software program designed to help farmers estimate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their entire, integrated farm operation as a whole system. It is a tool to test possible ways of reducing these emissions from farms by use of a “possible scenario” system.

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Integrated Farm System Model

With tighter profit margins and increasing environmental constraints, strategic planning of farm production systems is becoming both more important and more difficult. This is especially true for dairy and beef production. Livestock production is complex with a number of interacting processes that include crop and pasture production, crop harvest, feed storage, grazing, feeding, and manure handling. Computer simulation provides a useful procedure for integrating these processes to predict the long-term performance, environmental impact, and economics of production systems.

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ipmPIPE (Pest Information Platform for Extension & Education)

The mission of IPM PIPE is to realize a dynamic, integrated national system facilitated by information technology that provides centralized, useful tools with reliable information for IPM practitioners. IPM PIPE's vision is to help maximize economic returns, and improve social welfare and environmental health by promotion of efficient and coordinated IPM decision support systems.

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To increase adoption of IPM tools in the AWPM program, a readily accessible and easy to use website was developed (iWheat). This site is based on farm level processess, while allowing for field specific management of key insect pests, weeds, and pathogens. The iWheat decision support system will be unified by focusing on regional and local pest detection and evaluation, farm and field level pest management, and reduced risk pest management approaches.

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Manure and Nutrient Reduction Estimator

The MAnure and NUtrient Reduction Estimator tool, or MANURE tool for short, provides a system to quantify methane and other greenhouse gas emission reductions and the environmental benefits of renewable energy produced by digesters at dairy and swine operations. The tool is based upon a full and accurate assessment of baseline conditions at the animal feed operation, which is a key element of the emission reduction calculation.

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NAIP (2013)

The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) provides annual natural color aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons for the lower 48 states.

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National Agricultural Statistics Service Agricultural Census

The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States. Participation by every farmer and rancher, regardless of the size or type of operation, is vitally important. By responding to the Census, producers are helping themselves, their communities and all of U.S. agriculture.

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National Agricultural Statistics Service Cropland Data Layer

The Cropland Data Layer (CDL) was created by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Research and Development Division, Geospatial Information Branch, Spatial Analysis Research Section. The most current data is available free for download along with extensive metadata, FAQs, and other detailed technical information. NASS developed both the CropScape and VegScape web services in cooperation with the Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

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OVERSEER® Nutrient Budgets (Overseer) is currently used to develop on-farm nutrient budgets, contributes to whole-of-farm nutrient management plans and, through the use of additional proprietary software, the development of farm specific fertiliser recommendations. The model also provides greenhouse gas emissions, including an LCA-type analysis, to the farm gate.


Pig Production Environmental Footprint Calculator and Resources

These resources include: A review of available literature and information related to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from pork production; A summary or “scan level” life-cycle assessment of energy use and emissions across the entire pork chain, including feed crop production, feed formulation, swine production, transportation, meat processing and retail components; A detailed, in-depth life-cycle assessment of the on-farm animal production component covering all aspects of raising the animals, including manure-management practices; and A producer-friendly software tool called the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator. It calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in sow and grow-finish production, which can help producers identify areas for potential improved efficiency.

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RUSLE2 was developed primarily to guide conservation planning, inventory erosion rates and estimate sediment delivery. Values computed by RUSLE2 are supported by accepted scientific knowledge and technical judgment, are consistent with sound principles of conservation planning, and result in good conservation plans.

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SSURGO (Soil Survey Geographic Database)

The SSURGO database contains information about soil as collected by the National Cooperative Soil Survey over the course of a century. The information can be displayed in tables or as maps and is available for most areas in the United States and the Territories, Commonwealths, and Island Nations served by the USDA-NRCS. The information was gathered by walking over the land and observing the soil. Many soil samples were analyzed in laboratories. The maps outline areas called map units. The map units describe soils and other components that have unique properties, interpretations, and productivity.



VegScape – Vegetative Condition Explorer provides vegetative condition at daily, weekly, and biweekly intervals.

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Watershed Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP)

The WEPP model consists of multiple applications that can estimate erosion and sediment processes on hillslopes and small watersheds, taking into account climate, land use, site disturbances, vegetation, and soil properties.

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