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Table 26: Costs and Returns for Bell Pepper, Per Acre

Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Peppers crt $ 6.88 925 $ 6,364.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 27.65 1 $ 27.65
Soil Test acre $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Fertilizer        
N pound $ 0.32 115 $ 36.80
P pound $ 0.32 150 $ 48.00
K pound $ 0.14 100 $ 14.00
Herbicides        
Command 4EC gallon $ 86.96 0.125 $ 10.87
Gramaxone Xtra gallon $ 34.50 0.2 $ 6.90
Dual 8E gallon $ 64.66 0.25 $ 16.16
Fungicides        
Maneb pound $ 3.05 2 $ 6.10
Ridomil Gold 2E gallon $ 160.00 0.75 $ 120.00
Terraclor pound $ 7.32 3 $ 21.96
Insecticides        
Asana XL gallon $ 132.60 0.4 $ 53.04
Diazinon Ag 500 gallon $ 32.50 0.75 $ 24.38
Orthene 75S pound $ 12.00 1 $ 12.00
Lannate LV gallon $ 46.30 0.2 $ 9.26
Sevin 80S pound $ 4.45 1.5 $ 6.68
Other        
Black Plastic Mulch acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Pepper Transplants thousand $ 65.00 11.5 $ 747.50
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 5.44 $ 78.77
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 15 $ 151.95
Laying Plastic Mulch acre $ 45.00 1 $ 45.00
Harvesting acre $ 700.00 1 $ 700.00
Grading and Packing acre $ 125.00 1 $ 125.00
Irrigation        
Trickle Irrigation Operating Costs acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gallon $ 0.969 11 $ 9.82
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 24.37 1 $ 24.47
Equipment acre $ 14.26 1 $ 14.26
Marketing        
Picking Baskets basket $ 1.30 115 $ 149.50
Packing Boxes box $ 1.00 925 $ 925.00
Vineland Selling Charge gross revenue 3%   $ 190.92
Sub-Total       $ 4,026.99
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 71.93
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 4,098.92
Returns Above Variable Costs       $ 2,265.08
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Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 5.89 1 $ 5.89
Implements acre $ 17.68 1 $ 17.68
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 123.57
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 4,222.49
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 213.36
Total Costs acre   1 $ 4,435.85
Net Returns acre   1 $ 1,928.15

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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