The AgManager site hosts various spreadsheets. The three most popular spreadsheets and their average monthly downloads in 2010: Option Strategies (249), KSU-Landbuy (144), and KSU-Lease (134).
Website Offers One-Stop Resource for Clients
When it comes to finding the latest information on land leasing, crop price trends, and other agriculture-related subjects, Hamilton Bock knows where to turn.
“The AgManager website contains a wealth of information on a variety of agricultural subjects,” said Bock of K-State’s agricultural economics website: www.AgManager.info
. “I usually reference the site several times a week.”
Bock, who is vice president and an agriculture and commercial loan officer with Sunflower Bank in Great Bend, said the information available on AgManager helps with the bank’s planning process. He also uses
its resources to assist producers in planning their operating cycles.
“When we first started posting to the Internet, a number of faculty had their own websites. Then we decided to develop a one-stop shop where our clientele could access information, and AgManager was born,” said Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist. From August 2009 to July 2010, AgManager averaged 57,822 visitors each month.
Rich Llewelyn manages the website and posts reports by fellow K-State agricultural economists, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other sources. The website has information on historical and future livestock and grain supplies and prices — and the factors that affect them — agriculture policy, risk management, including in-depth crop insurance, and other information critical to livestock and grain producers.
The website has links to interactive tools that can help crop producers determine certain market scenarios based on their own operation’s data. Futures- based price forecasts for diesel fuel are updated monthly, and reports related to such topics as distillers grains and ethanol are also available.
The site was awarded the 2010 AAEA Outstanding Electronic Media Education Award by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
Bock said he uses the Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) monthly newsletter, available via AgManager, to stay current with trends in agriculture. Economists provide KFMA members with production and financial management information for use in decision making.
“KFMA’s Enterprise Analysis allows me to benchmark my customers and producers to show them how they compare to their peers,” Bock said.
In addition to Bock, other AgManager users offered comments.
Megan Frye, market adviser with Water Street Solutions, based in Peoria, Ill., said she uses AgManager data to produce a livestock video chat with clients to help update them with changes in the marketplace.
Steve Kramer, who farms near Corning, Kan., said he looks to AgManager for farm policy information. “The information allows me to make an informed decision on these programs.”
“I rely on the K-State site as a benchmark for current and past information,” said Jesse Sumner, Clinton, N.C.-based production coordinator for Prestage Farms. “It is very helpful to have a dependable site that you can go to each week to understand current trends as they interrelate.”
Kevin Dhuyvetter, 785-532-3527, firstname.lastname@example.org