Different Types of Farm Planning Software—and How Much They Cost

Trying to get a general sense of how much you should expect to pay for farm planning software? It really just depends on how much you want to spend—as well as the size and complexity of your farm. We like to tell our farm business clients that there’s no one right answer for choosing this type of software. If you’re a smaller farm that depends on tightly managing operational costs, you might even consider free software for farmers. Larger agribusinesses may spend $1,000 or more on sophisticated software solutions with active customer support.

Start Your Search for Farm Planning Software

And for the most part, both farmers and software developers know what they’re doing. In other words, smaller farms really can be successful with basic software systems, while larger farms can reliably help their bottom-line with a bigger software investment. Moreover, several of the most popular farm software companies offer multiple product options to meet the priorities of different types of farm businesses. If you’re looking to jumpstart your software search, here are a few different options to consider:

  • AGSquared is one of the industry leaders and a great example of farm software that offers different levels of support and pricing. Choose between Basic, Plus, and Premium options.
  • A lot of agricultural businesses will also look to specialized farm planning software. From Cattlemax to Layer Farm to DairyCents to Croptracker, you find farm planning and management software for your particular kind of agribusiness.
  • Many companies offer specific features and other limited promotions with some level of free software for farmers. BeginningFarmers.org, for example, offers a free farm mapping tool, but you still have to pay for the kind of planning software that your farm really needs to get off the ground.

Planning for Your Payroll and Farm Workers

These different types of farm planning software are still going to leave your agricultural business with certain gaps in your small business management. Take agricultural employment, for example. Here’s what Advanced Micro Solutions (AMS) has to offer your farm. Get standalone software support for Form 943 and state-based employer filing forms. Or you can spend a little more on AMS Payroll and get a comprehensive solution for processing payroll, generating paychecks, and tying this payroll information to your quarterly and end-of-year filing forms.

AMS offers powerful and user-friendly software systems for both small and large farms with these payroll and form filing needs. We do this, first and foremost, with our W-2/1099 Forms Filer. In addition to W-2 and 1099 form preparation; in addition to data importing, entry, printing, and security; in addition to an intuitive, menu-driven interface; this platform software creates a sophisticated modular interaction. Put more simply, you can pick and choose which products and features best speak to your farm employment and general accounting priorities:

Easy Ways to Get Started

Want to see our accounting software in action? Have questions about which AMS products are right for your farm? Still trying to figure out exactly which agricultural employment filing requirements apply to your farm business? We offer plenty of ways to get started. You can download our free demo software. You can check out our individual product listings and our Customer Support resources. You can send us an email, or you can talk to Sales and Information at (800) 536-1099.

Software Solutions from AMS

Our W-2 and 1099 Forms Filer is our only required platform. From there, users pick the services they need. Choose from the tools below to build out your customized accounting software.