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Home-Grown Spreadsheets Grew Into Profitable Farm Business
Chris Barron’s farm consulting business got its start on his family’s farm when he started doing cost analysis spread sheets for his father. “My spreadsheets for crops and hog production were on one page, because my dad said they had to be easy to explain and understand,” Barron says. Eventually he started sharing his ideas with neighbors and the family’s seed customers, who quickly realized how valuable they were.
“Our focus is on spreadsheet tools and consulting services that help determine the real profitability of crops, livestock and equipment investments,” says Chris Barron of Ag View Solutions. Barron’s clients farm a few hundred to several thousand acres and like his approach because it’s based on their own data, not generalized information from wide-ranging historical sources.
One example is the Equipment Analysis spreadsheet, which Barron says provides extremely accurate costs/acre because the farmer enters the exact value of his machinery and how much it costs to operate each year. The spreadsheet helps determine efficiencies, cost management, and if he should trade for newer, more productive machinery. Other spreadsheets range from a cover crop calculator to a cost-of-production breakdown for all crops that a farmer grows. “Knowing costs per acre and by crop helps a farmer make informed decisions based on facts rather than just generalizations,” Barron says. “We have more than 25 years of experience, input and analysis built into these user-friendly tools. They’re built by farmers for farmers.”
The Ag Vision staff includes Barron, his wife Alissa, and Shay Foulke. In addition to farming and developing the management tools, Ag Vision produces safety podcasts and blogs on various topics. Barron and Foulke are frequent speakers at ag seminars.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ag View Solutions, 3238 Jamestown Ave., Rowley, Iowa 52329 (ph 319 533-5703; www.agviewsolutions.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3