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Table 29: Costs and Returns for Head Lettuce, Per Acre

Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Head Lettuce crt $ 9.04 500 $ 4,520.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 27.65 0.75 $ 20.74
Soil Test acre $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Fertilizer        
N lb $ 0.32 70 $ 22.40
P lb $ 0.32 150 $ 48.00
K lb $ 0.14 150 $ 21.00
Herbicides        
Bensulide (Prefar) lb $ 41.50 1.5 $ 62.25
Pronamide (Kerb) lb $ 22.05 1.5 $ 33.08
Sethoxydim (Poast) lb $ 102.26 0.125 $ 12.78
Fungicides        
Ridomil Gold gallon $ 160.00 0.75 $ 90.00
Aliette lb $ 10.50 3 $ 31.50
Rovral WP lb $ 21.60 1.5 $ 32.40
Insecticides        
Admire gallon $ 525.00 0.13 $ 69.73
Warrior gallon $ 310.00 0.3 $ 93.00
Orthene 75S lb $ 12.00 6 $ 72.00
Larvin gallon $ 54.20 0.46 $ 24.93
Seed        
Lettuce Seeds lb 15.00 2.5 $ 37.50
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 14.7 $ 212.86
Seasonal Hired hour $ 7.24 7.6 $ 55.02
Seasonal Hired - Harvest hour $ 7.24 95 $ 687.80
Irrigation        
Overhead Irrigation Operating Costs acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Repair, Maintenance & Fuel        
Tractors acre $ 106.50 1 $ 106.50
Implements acre $ 18.15 1 $ 18.15
Marketing Costs        
Packing Crates crate $ 1.50 500 $ 750.00
Selling Charge gross revenue 3%   $ 135.60
Sub-Total       $ 2,830.24
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 48.44
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,878.68
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ 1,641.32
Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 143.35 1 $ 143.35
Implements acre $ 119.25 1 $ 119.25
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 362.60
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 3,241.28
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 167.39
Total Costs acre   1 $ 3,408.67
Net Returns acre   1 $ 1,111.33

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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