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Table 35: Costs and Returns for Processing Tomato, Per Acre

Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Receipts        
Tomatoes ton $ 85.00 25 $ 2,125.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 27.65 1 $ 27.65
Soil Test acre $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Fertilizer        
N pound $ 0.32 130 $ 41.60
P pound $ 0.32 150 $ 48.00
K pound $ 0.14 200 $ 28.00
Herbicides        
Treflan 4EC gallon $ 32.40 0.2 $ 6.48
Sencor 75DF pound $ 26.48 0.33 $ 8.74
Fungicides        
Benlate 50W pound $ 15.80 1.5 $ 23.70
Kocide gallon $ 14.45 0.5 $ 7.22
Bravo Weather Stik 6F gallon $ 54.75 15pt $ 102.60
Manzate 200 pound $ 3.05 3 $ 9.15
Insecticides        
Admire gallon $ 525.00 0.125 $ 65.63
Other        
Tomato Transplants acre $ 225.00 1 $ 225.00
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 5.44 $ 78.77
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 15 $ 151.95
Seasonal Hired hour $ 7.24 2 $ 14.48
Irrigation        
Overhead Irrigation acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Repair, Maintenance and Fuel        
Machinery and Equipment acre $ 203.33 1 $ 203.33
Harvesting Costs        
Harvest Labor acre $ 340.28 1 $ 340.28
Sub-Total       $ 1,575.58
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 37.71
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 1,613.29
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ 511.71
Fixed Costs        
Tractors and Harvester acre $ 141.11 1 $ 141.11
Implements acre $ 17.68 1 $ 17.68
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 258.79
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 1,872.08
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 124.05
Total Costs acre   1 $ 1,996.13
Net Returns acre   1 $ 128.87

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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