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Table 77: Costs of Production for Fresh Market Tomato, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs
Soil Amendments        
Compost w/Gypsum ton $ 35.40 6 $ 212.40
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 550.00 1 $ 550.00
Other       
Black Smooth Mulch acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Tomato Transplants acre $ 450.00 1 $ 450.00
Cover Crop       
Rye Seed 50lb $ 7.00 2 $ 14.00
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 8.5 $ 123.08
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 16.6 168.16
Seasonal Hired hr $ 7.24 145 $ 1,049.80
Irrigation       
Trickle Irrigation acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Machinery Repair and Fuel       
Machinery Repair acre $ 93.62 1 $ 93.62
Fuel gal $ 0.969 15 $ 14.56
Marketing Costs       
Picking Baskets basket $ 1.30 40 $ 52.00
Packing Crates crate $ 1.20 640 $ 768.00
Sub-Total      $ 3,945.62
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 75.71
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 4,021.33
Fixed Costs
Machinery and equipment acre $ 206.64 1 $ 206.64
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 306.64
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 4,327.97
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 239.96
Total Costs acre  1 $ 4,567.93

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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