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Table 18: Costs and Returns for Blueberries, Per Acre

Planting Year, Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

< table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" bordercolor="#336666" width="90%" align="center"> ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL           Receipts         Blueberries lb   0 $ -           Variable Costs         ; Custom         Soil Test field $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00 Fertilizer         N lb $ 0.32 50 $ 16.00 P lb $ 0.32 50 $ 16.00 K lb $ 0.14 50 $ 7.00 Herbicides         Sinbar 80W lb $ 24.65 2.5 $ 61.63 Karmex lb $ 4.36 2.5 $ 10.90 Other         Blueberry Plants each $ 2.00 1,088 $ 2,176.00 Labor         Operator hr $ 14.48 6.09 $ 88.18 Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 0.14 $ 1.46 Hand Labor hr $ 7.24 26 $ 188.24 Transplanting Labor hr $ 7.24 24 $ 173.76 Irrigation< /td>         Install Solid Set Irrigation acre $ 2,000.00 1 $ 2,000.00 Operating Cost acre $ 200.00 1 $ 200.00 Diesel Fuel         Tractors gallon $ 0.969 11.79 $ 11.42 Repair & Maintenance         Tractors acre $ 24.24 1 $ 24.24 Implements acre $ 4.55 1 $ 4.55 Sub-Total       $ 4,980.38 Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 249.02 Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 5,229.40 Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ (5,229.40) Fixed Costs         Tractors acre $ 37.05 1 $ 37.05 Implements acre $ 7.11 1 $ 7.11 Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00 Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 144.16 Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 5,373.56 Management Fees a acre 7% 1 $ 369.15 Total Costs acre   1 $ 5,742.71 Net Returns acre   1 $ (5,742.71)

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