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Table 18: Costs and Returns for Blueberries, Per Acre

Planting Year, Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Blueberries lb   0 $ -
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Soil Test field $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Fertilizer        
N lb $ 0.32 50 $ 16.00
P lb $ 0.32 50 $ 16.00
K lb $ 0.14 50 $ 7.00
Herbicides        
Sinbar 80W lb $ 24.65 2.5 $ 61.63
Karmex lb $ 4.36 2.5 $ 10.90
Other        
Blueberry Plants each $ 2.00 1,088 $ 2,176.00
Labor        
Operator hr $ 14.48 6.09 $ 88.18
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 0.14 $ 1.46
Hand Labor hr $ 7.24 26 $ 188.24
Transplanting Labor hr $ 7.24 24 $ 173.76
Irrigation        
Install Solid Set Irrigation acre $ 2,000.00 1 $ 2,000.00
Operating Cost acre $ 200.00 1 $ 200.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gallon $ 0.969 11.79 $ 11.42
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 24.24 1 $ 24.24
Implements acre $ 4.55 1 $ 4.55
Sub-Total       $ 4,980.38
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 249.02
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 5,229.40
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ (5,229.40)
Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 37.05 1 $ 37.05
Implements acre $ 7.11 1 $ 7.11
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 144.16
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 5,373.56
Management Fees a acre 7% 1 $ 369.15
Total Costs acre   1 $ 5,742.71
Net Returns acre   1 $ (5,742.71)

aSee text for calculation assumptions

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