Penn State Extension Dairy Team Release Third Mobile App: CropCents

Posted: January 30, 2014

The new mobile app, CropCents, may be used effectively by crop, dairy and beef producers.

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team has just released their third mobile app: CropCents. The new mobile app calculates the cost of all home raised feeds by including direct and indirect costs. This app can be used by crop, dairy and beef producers.

CropCents is a supplemental app to the DairyCentsPRO mobile app that calculates Income over Feed Costs and feed management metrics. DairyCentsPRO allows users to use their own value for home raised feed or use a market value. An accurate accounting of home raised feeds is a better approach versus using the market prices to calculate income over feed costs; however, most livestock producers do not know the actual costs to raise their home raised feeds.

CropCents can be used for crop, dairy, and beef producers because it can allocate labor hours between the animal and crop enterprises. The app then further allocates costs by crop hours based on crop type and acres.

The app also allows for multiple cuttings and distribution between haylages and dry hay.  "We wanted to make this app user friendly but accurate for the complex cropping systems that you find on some operations." says Extension Specialist Virginia Ishler.

Once all the crop and financial information is entered, the output will give the yield in tons/acre and the cost/ton.  These numbers can be compared to the current market prices or they can be entered into the DairyCentsPRO mobile app to calculate a herd's income over feed cost using actual feed prices. Funding for these apps was made possible by USDA -RMA and the Mid-Atlantic Water Program supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

For additional information or questions, contact the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, toll-free, at 888-373-7232 or Additional information about CropCents and demonstration videos can be found at

"Penn State CropCents Mobile App - How to add crop information" YouTube video: