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Table 28: Costs and Returns for Cucumber, Per Acre

Conventional Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
         
Receipts        
Cucumbers crt $ 9.13 600 $ 5,478.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 27.65 1 $ 27.65
Soil Test acre $ 1.00 1 $ 1.00
Fertilizer        
N po und $ 0.32 115 $ 36.80
P pound $ 0.32 100 $ 32.00
K pound $ 0.14 150 $ 21.00
Herbicides        
Bensulide pound $ 41.50 1.5 $ 62.25
Poast 1.5 EC gallon $ 102.26 0.16 $ 15.98
Fungicides       & nbsp;
Ridomil Gold gallon $ 160.00 0.75 $ 120.00
Bravo 720 gallon $ 51.80 0.25 $ 12.95
I nsecticides        
Asana XL gallon $ 132.00 0.4 $ 52.80
Diazinon Ag500 gallon $ 32.50 0.13 $ 4.06
Lannate LV gallon $ 46.30 0.25 $ 11.58
Other      
Black Smooth Mulch acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Cucumber Seed pound $ 35.00 1.5 $ 52.50
Labor     & nbsp;  
Operator hour $ 14.48 5.8 $ 83.54
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 20.6 $ 208.68
Harvesting acre $ 700.00 1 $ 700.00
Grading and Packing acre $ 125.00 1 $ 125.00
Irrigation        
Trickle Irrigation Operating Costs acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gallon $ 0.969 15< /td> $ 14.54
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre 19 .02 1 $ 19.02
Equipment acre $ 8.47 1 $ 8.47
Marketing Costs        
Picking Basket basket $ 1.50 35 $ 52.50
Packing Boxes box $ 1.05 600 $ 630.00
Vineland Selling Charge gross revenue 3%   $ 164.34
Sub-Total       $ 2,906.66
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 48.32
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,954.98
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,5 23.02
Fixed Costs     1  
Tractors acre $ 5.89 1 $ 5.89
Implements acre $ 17.68 1 $ 17.68
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 123.57
Total Fixed & amp; Variable Costs acre   1 $ 3,078.55
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 160.72
Total Costs acre   1 $ 3,239.27
Net Returns acre   1 $ 2,238.73

aSee text for calcul ation assumptions.

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