A new, free, online tool to help farmers make better-informed operational decisions has been developed by software experts at Iowa State University.

The program — I-FARM — assists farmers, bankers and anyone else interested in finding out more about farm management, in understanding how to get the most out the land at the least cost.

The software draws on information collected from various state, regional and national sources.

The I-FARM program allows farmers to input various aspects of their operation along with the location of their farm. The computer software then predicts and compares farming outcomes.

"This farming model gives you opportunities to calculate alternatives and see the benefits of each," says Ed van Ouwerkerk, a research associate and software developer in the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University.

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Source: Iowa State University