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Table 33: Costs and Returns for Sweet Corn (Mid to Late Season), Per Acre

Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Sweet Corn crt $ 8.40 240 $ 2,016.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 27.65 0.5 $ 13.83
Soil Test acre $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Cultivating acre $ 7.60 3 $ 22.80
Fertilizer        
N pound $ 0.32 135 $ 43.20
P pound $ 0.32 120 $ 38.40
K pound $ 0.14 120 $ 16.80
Herbicides        
Bladex 90DF gallon $ 5.41 0.75 $ 4.06
Dual 8E gallon $ 64.66 0.18 $ 11.64
Insecticides        
Asana XL gallon $ 132.00 0.75 $ 99.00
Lannate LV gallon $ 46.30 0.25 $ 11.57
Sevin 80S pound $ 4.45 2 $ 8.90
Warrior gallon $ 310.00 0.4 $ 124.00
Lorsban 4E gallon $ 48.70 0.5 $ 24.35
Corn Seed        
Seed pound $ 7.50 12 $ 90.00
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 3.82 $ 55.31
Seasonal Hired - Harvesting acre $ 140.00 1 $ 140.00
Packing and Grading acre $ 140.00 1 $ 140.00
Irrigation        
Overhead Irrigation Operating Cost acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gallon $ 0.969 10.33 $ 10.01
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 5.67 1 $ 5.67
Implements acre $ 5.58 1 $ 5.58
Marketing Costs        
Packing Crates crate $ 1.40 240 $ 336.00
Selling Charge gross revenue 3%   $ 69.93
Sub-Total       $ 1,464.05
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 27.68
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 1,491.73
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ 524.27
Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 12.28 1 $ 12.28
Implements acre $ 9.98 1 $ 9.98
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 122.26
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 1,613.99
Management Fees a acre 7% 1 $ 101.08
Total Costs acre   1 $ 1,715.07
Net Returns acre   1 $ 300.93

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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