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Table 13: Costs and Returns for Fresh Market Peaches, Per Acre

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

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Peaches bushel   0 $ -
         
Variable Costs        
Fertilizer        
N lb $ 0.32 25 $ 8.00
P lb $ 0.32 50 $ 16.00
K lb $ 0.14 50 $ 7.00
Trees        
Peach Trees each $ 5.00 141 $ 705.00
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        
Captan 50W lb $ 2.75 4 $ 11.00
Benlate 50W lb $ 15.80 1.5 $ 23.70
90% Sulfur lb $ 0.32 30 $ 9.60
Pesticides        
Carzol SP lb $ 34.00 0.25 $ 8.50
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 7.63 $ 110.48
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 14 $ 141.82
Irrigation        
Install Drip Irrigation acre $ 700.00   $ 700.00
Operating Cost acre $ 250.00   $ 250.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gal $ 0.969 20.6 $ 19.96
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 9.22 1 $ 9.22
Implements acre $ 4.07 1 $ 4.07
Other        
Ivory Soap bar $ 0.05 141 $ 7.05
Tree Guards each $ 0.15 141 $ 21.15
Tree Planter acre $ 7.00 1 $ 7.00
Sub-Total       $ 2,156.11
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 107.81
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,263.92
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ (2,263.92)
Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 28.04 1 $ 28.04
Implements acre $ 5.58 1 $ 5.58
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 133.62
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,397.54
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 160.83
Total Costs acre   1 $ 2,558.36
Net Returns acre   1 $ (2,558.36)

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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