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Farms, ranches and other agricultural entities have unique requirements that require more criteria than basic accounting programs. For example, perishable or livestock inventory must be tracked within agricultural accounting packages, including births, deaths, birtfh weights, and weaning weights. It should also be able to keep track of inventory in multiple units of measurement depending on the type of crop or commodity. Multiple farms can often be tracked within the same solutions package for larger-scale operations.
In this guide, we'll cover:
As well as the core ag modules like payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable, farm bookkeeping software may have some or all of the following features:
|Crop/Livestock Inventory Management||Agricultural software should track the additional data needed for farms and ranches, including seeds planted, fertilizers and chemicals used, livestock parents/birth weights, etc. This will in turn support PTI compliance and feed into the sales and grower accounting systems.|
|Warehouse Management||Farming accounting software should also manage the inventory for fertilizers, chemicals, seeds, heavy equipment, the receiving, pallet and case labeling, re-packing and pick ticket management.|
|Ag Ratio Analysis||Grower reports analyze the percentage of crops planted to yield produced, so you can price accordingly, identify best practices, and increase yields for future seasons.|
|Breeding & Growing Calendars||Agriculture is a highly seasonal industry, and so much depends on the time of year, the age of the animal or crop, and the products used to support its growth. A farming software solution may include a calendar to track actions like planting, fertilizing, spraying for pests, harvesting, gestation, births, weaning, etc.|
Agriculture-specific solutions should be able to handle the wide variety of agriculture costs. Providing crop break-even analysis in consideration of fertilizer, chemicals, seed, and rent on land by individual field, acre or bushel is crucial for a precise agricultural accounting resource. The appropriate solutions package will also come equipped with farm industry standard ratios to gauge financial efficiency with respect to the agriculture industry.
When evaluating agriculture and farm accounting software, buyers should consider the following:
Before evaluating your options, you must determine what type of buyer you are. We’ve found that more than 90% of buyers fall into one of these three categories: