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Table 34: Costs and Returns for Tomato (Fresh Market), Per Acre

Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Tomatoes crt $ 8.45 800 $ 6,760.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 27.65 1 $ 27.65
Soil Test acre $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Fertilizer        
N lb $ 0.32 85 $ 41.60
P lb $ 0.32 150 $ 48.00
K lb $ 0.14 200 $ 28.00
Herbicides        
Devrinol 50DF lb $ 8.15 3 $ 24.45
Sencor 75DF lb $ 26.48 0.33 $ 8.74
Gramaxone Extra gallon $ 34.50 0.25 $ 8.60
Fungicides        
Benlate 50W lb $ 15.80 0.75 $ 11.85
Terraclor lb $ 7.32 3 $ 21.96
Ridomil Gold 2E gallon $ 160.00 0.25 $ 20.00
Bravo 720 gallon $ 51.80 0.4 $ 20.72
Manzate 200 lb $ 3.05 1.5 $ 4.58
Insecticides        
Admire gallon $ 525.00 0.125 $ 65.63
Other        
Black Smooth Mulch   $ 150.00   $ 150.00
Tomato Transplants   $ 450.00   $ 450.00
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 5.44 $ 78.77
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 15 $ 151.95
Seasonal (Transplant Labor) hour $ 7.24 2 $ 14.48
Harvesting acre $ 800.00 1 $ 800.00
Packing and Grading acre $ 250.00 1 $ 250.00
Irrigation        
Trickle Irrigation Operating Cost acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gallon $ 0.969 15 $ 14.54
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 24.37 1 $ 24.37
Equipment acre $ 14.26 1 $ 14.26
Marketing Costs        
Picking Baskets basket $ 1.30 50 $ 65.00
Packing Boxes box $ 1.20 800 $ 960.00
Selling Charge gross revenue 3%   $ 202.80
Sub-Total       $ 3,808.95
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 61.63
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 3,870.58
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,889.42
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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 $ 3,994.15
Management Fees a acre 7% 1 $ 258.39
Total Costs acre   1 $ 4,252.54
Net Returns acre   1 $ 2,507.46

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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