As growers begin planning for next year, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) reminds its members that the Identity Preservation (IP) calculator is available online to assist them in estimating their production and IP costs next year.

“This is the time of year when growers are beginning to think about their planting and harvesting needs for next year,” says Ken McCauley, a member of NCGA’s Corn Board. “This tool can assist them in figuring out the costs of doing business and ensuring that the identity of their product is maintained from its origin to its final use.”

The IP calculator allows growers to review and customize basic farming operation factors and values, customize information about their individual farms and enter information about the IP system they are considering. The tool will calculate and analyze the grower’s estimated costs using the information submitted. The costs are grouped by category and are broken down per acre and per bushel.

“The IP Calculator was created as a simple way for growers to better understand and estimate their costs of doing IP,” McCauley said.

McCauley also reminded growers that NCGA’s web-enabled "Know Before Your Grow” and Insect Resistant Management Learning Center are available to assist growers in the pre-planting decision making process.

The IP calculator is available to all growers at http://lepton.marz.com/ncga/IP/IPCalc.asp.