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Geranium Finished Flat Production Costs
Greenhouse Costs of Production Budget

Item Conventional Plug
  Small Medium Large Small Medium Large
            NonAuto Auto
Variable Costs              
Seedlings1  $1.89  $1.72  $1.10  $2.15  $1.82  $1.67  $1.67 
Flat 0.46 0.36 0.25 0.46 0.36 0.25 0.25
Insert 0.34 0.2 0.19 0.34 0.2 0.19 0.19
Rooting Medium 0.32 0.26 0.18 0.32 0.26 0.18 0.18
Label 0.08 0.06 0.05 0.08 0.06 0.05 0.05
Fertilizer 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.02
Growth Regulator 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.02
Pesticide 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01
Labor 0.98 0.98 0.77 0.53 0.81 0.66 0.45
Interest on Variable Costs 0.19 0.16 0.12 0.18 0.16 0.14 0.13
Total Variable Costs $4.43  $3.79  $2.70  $4.13  $3.72  $3.18  $2.96 
Overhead Costs 2  4.14 2.98 2.94 3.5 2.52 2.48 2.48
Loss Allocation 3  0.45 0.36 0.3 0.4 0.33 0.3 0.29
Total Costs per Flat $9.02  $7.13  $5.94  $8.03  $6.57  $5.97  $5.74 

1 18 seedlings per finished flat.
2 Overhead costs are calculated at $0.194 per sq.ft. week x 1.64 sq.ft. per flat x 13 wks. for conventional flats and 11 weeks for plug flats. See Table A2 for more detail.
3 Based on 5% of total production.

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