The best way to keep good records is to do whatever is easiest for you so that you can track your operations on a daily basis. Laura Powers, University of Kentucky Extension specialist, says she knows of growers who keep a pocket calendar on hand, transferring their handwritten notes to an electronic expense tracking system like Quicken at the end of the day or week. Many other growers print out field sheets that they keep in their truck, and every time they do something in a particular field, they record the action on that field’s sheet. Whatever you will keep up with will be the most advantageous method for you to use, she says.
Your state’s Extension specialists can offer assistance in helping you determine budgets. Find links to sample budget worksheets and other planning documents at www.ag-econ.ncsu.edu/extension/tobacco.html.