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Table 73: Costs of Production for Leaf Lettuce, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

Variable Costs
ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Soil Amendments        
Compost w/Gypsum ton $ 35.40 6 $ 212.40
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Seeds       
Seeds lb $ 15.00 2.5 $ 37.50
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 7.33 $ 106.14
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 28.3 $ 286.68
Seasonal Hired hr $ 7.24 96.75 $ 700.47
Irrigation       
Trickle Irrigation acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Machinery Repair and Fuel       
Diesel Fuel gal $ 0.969 22.06 $ 21.38
Machinery Repair acre $ 24.92 1 $ 24.92
Marketing Costs       
Packing Crates crate $ 1.50 600 $ 900.00
Sub-Total      $ 2,739.49
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 79.45
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 2,818.94
Fixed Costs
ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Machinery and equipment acre $ 160.91 1 $ 160.91
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 260.91
 
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 3,079.85
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 145.59
 
Total Costs acre  1 $3,225.43

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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