The following regional forecasts are based on current cost of production information from the AgriProfit$ program, and estimates of expected revenues and costs from various sources.


Producers are advised not to base cropping decisions solely on information provided in the following budgets. They should use their own costs and revenue projections to make cropping decisions for farm operations. There is a risk of over or under-estimating costs and returns based on regional benchmarks and forecasts.

The CropChoices budgeting software program and Crop Budget Calculator are available to download, to help you customize your own crop budgets.


Cropping Alternatives forecast reports break down the following factors:

  • prices
  • yields
  • seed costs
  • fertilizer costs
  • chemical costs
  • hail/crop insurance
  • trucking and marketing
  • machinery and storage costs
  • operating interest
  • contribution margin
  • capital costs by enterprise
  • summerfallow
  • contribution margin calculation
  • total cost per unit calculation
  • break-even yield calculation

For more information, see the full 2019 Cropping Alternatives Methodology (PDF, 27 KB).

See also methodology details for past years.

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Connect with the Economics Section:

Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Phone: 780-422-4056
Email: ml.manglai@gov.ab.ca