July 8, 2010
Field Crops 28.9 - 85
Production Efficiency is featured in the 2010 PEPS Program
Joe Lauer, Corn Agronomist
2010 PEPS Entry Forms
The global climate change question, increasing regulations, and the food
versus fuel debate have put unprecedented pressure on farmers. Farmers must
remind society that they are good stewards, and that while growing corn they
can conserve soil, improve water quality and produce adequate food, feed,
fiber and fuel.
The Profits through Efficient Production Systems (PEPS) program provides an
outstanding opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, technical insight and
demonstrate your farming skills. It provides a unique method to compare the
economics of your cropping systems to others. The 2010 PEPS program features
profitability through efficient production systems.
In 2009, the cost per bushel
in the PEPS program ranged from $2.01 to $2.85 for corn yield levels ranging
from 142 to 276 bushels per acre (Table 1). The average yield in the cash corn and
dairy/livestock corn divisions was 214 and 194 bushels per acre with
production costs of $531 and $428 per acre. The average cost per
bushel in these divisions was $2.51 and $2.19. Using PEPS production costs for an acre
and the WI USDA state average of 153 bushels per acre, the average cost
per bushel was $3.47. For corn silage, it cost $734 per acre with
an average cost per ton of dry matter of $81.95 ($28.68 at 65%
Table 1. PEPS Most Efficient corn farmers in the 2009 Cash Corn,
Dairy/Livestock Corn and Silage Corn Divisions.
|Corn, Cash Crop
|Corn, Dairy Livestock
||Rusk Rose Holsteins, Inc.
||Meadow Lane Farms
The intent of the PEPS program is to encourage the development of profitable
new and innovative corn management practices that conserve resources and
improve water quality.
Two options are available to growers in the PEPS program:
- Contest option: The top-participant of each
district and division is recognized with a plaque and cash award at the
- Verification option: Farmers can compare the
economics of their cropping system to other farmers without entering the
The â€œâ€œGreen Fields â€“ Blue Watersâ€ award is given to a
farmer to recognize and promote stewardship and sustainable corn production
practices. The 2009 awardee was Steve Kloos of Marathon county.
For previous PEPS reports and 2010 Entry forms see the website:
Fields entered in the PEPS program may also qualify for other contests
such as the National Corn Yield Contest.
New for 2010 are four county yield contests offered by
the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association â€“ 1) Juneau, Adams, and Marquette, 2)
Columbia, 3) Dodge and Fond du Lac, and 4) Rock, Walworth and Jefferson
counties. See http://www.wicorn.org for
If you have any questions, please call Amy Cottom at (608) 262-7702 or
e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and profitable growing season!