The 2020 Projected Sugarcane Farm Costs and Returns Model was developed to assist sugarcane producers in planning for the 2020 crop year. The model is an Excel spreadsheet which allows sugarcane producers to enter projected sugarcane acreage of plant cane, first stubble, second stubble, and third stubble; associated projected yield levels per acre (tons); raw sugar and molasses price for the new crop year; and production cost data for 2020 to estimate net returns above variable and total production costs and to easily evaluate the impact of changing sugarcane yields, input prices, and input application rates on net returns per acre. The primary purpose of this model is to serve as a producer farm planning and decision tool to project and evaluate the impact on net returns above variable and total production costs from sugarcane production for the 2020 crop year. Calculations for the weighted average of yield, mill share, and land rent are provided within the model so that producers can examine an overall average economic performance for the farm.
The model also includes entry cells for whole farm fixed expenses to estimate projected net returns above all sugarcane farm production costs. This model can be used in conjunction with the 2020 Projected Sugarcane Costs and Returns published by the LSU Agricultural Center. Both serve as farm management tools that allow producers to document their management strategies and production goals by providing a detailed economic analysis of how those strategies can be better managed to increase farm profitability.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture