What Enterprise is Sustainable for Me?


To evaluate how well this enterprise aligns with your farm's agronomic, marketing, financial and management resources, answer these five questions. Then, calculate your score.

Using a scale from 0 to 100, scores indicate your farm's likely success with an enterprise.

The icons link to resources you can use to answer these questions.

1. Do you have the ability to transport your crop a significant distance or are you willing to store (on-farm or lease/build storage) and ship your crop a significant distance if economically profitable?


2. Do you intend to plant sunflowers as a double crop after winter wheat or as a full season crop?

Double crop after winter wheat
Full season crop
What are your typical double crop soybean yields?
What are your typical full season soybean crop yields?

3. Are the soils where you plan to plant sunflowers poorly drained or prone to flooding?

Very poorly drained and prone to frequent flooding
Poorly drained and floods infrequently
Poorly drained
Soils drain well

4. Do you have the ability and willingness to invest limited capital for small equipment purchases or modifications (e.g. header pans to decrease harvest losses?)


5. Do you actively scout your crops during key growth periods? Or would you be willing to invest additional time in crop scouting?


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Respond to the questions for an enterprise. Each question touches on a key factor that affects an enterprise's sustainability on your farm.
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Icons to the side of questions direct to other decision tools that share detailed information about a question's topic.
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After completing all questions for an enterprise, calculate your score. A pop-up page will share your results. Scores closer to 100 suggest the enterprise would align well with your farm. Scores closer to 0 suggest the enterprise would not fit as well, based on your responses to the questions.