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Table 9: Costs and Returns for Fresh Market Apples, Per Acre

Non Bearing Years, 2 and 3, Conventional Production Practices,
Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Apples bushel   0 $ -
         
Variable Costs        
Fertilizera        
N lb $ 0.32 40.8 $ 13.06
P lb $ 0.32 27.2 $ 8.70
K lb $ 0.14 40.8 $ 5.71
Herbicides        
Surflan AS gal $ 67.04 0.75 $ 50.28
Karmex 80DF lb $ 4.36 1.5 $ 6.54
Sinbar 80W lb $ 24.65 1.5 $ 36.98
Gramaxone Extra gal $ 34.50 0.08 $ 2.76
Fungicides        
Indar oz $ 7.75 1 $ 7.75
Captan 50W lb $ 2.75 6 $ 16.50
Ziram 76W lb $ 2.50 4 $ 10.00
Dithane 75DF lb $ 3.05 6 $ 18.30
Insecticides        
Guthion 50W lb $ 8.10 1.5 $ 12.15
Imidan 70W lb $ 6.05 2.5 $ 15.13
Lorsban 4E gal $ 48.70 0.19 $ 9.13
Superior Oil gal $ 3.30 2 $ 6.60
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 4.75 $ 68.78
Pruning tree $ 1.00 272 $ 272.00
Irrigation        
Operating Costs acre $ 250.00 1 $ 250.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gal $ 0.969 17.71 $ 17.16
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 8.34 1 $ 8.34
Equipment acre $ 7.20 1 $ 7.20
Sub-Total       $ 843.07
Interest on Operating Capitalb acre 10% 1 $ 42.15
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 885.22
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ (885.22)
Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 23.00 1 $ 23.00
Implements acre $ 10.00 1 $ 10.00
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 133.00
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 1,018.22
Management Feesb acre 7% 1 $ 64.28
Total Costs acre   1 $ 1,082.50
Net Returns acre   1 $ (1,082.50)

a N, K, P applied as follows: N& K @ .15 lbs and P @ .1 lb per tree for 272 trees, per year of tree age.
b See text for calculation assumptions.

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