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Table 53: Costs and Returns for Bell Pepper, Per Acre

Integrated Crop Management, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Receipts        
Peppers crt $ 6.88 925 $ 6,364.00
         
Variable Costs        
Custom        
Apply Calcium Lime ton $ 25.00 1 $ 25.00
Fertilizer        
N pound $ 0.28 40 $ 11.20
P pound $ 0.32 40 $ 12.80
K pound $ 0.22 80 $ 17.60
Herbicides        
Command gallon $ 72.00 0.13 $ 9.00
Devrinol pound $ 7.20 2 $ 14.40
Fungicides        
Kocide 606 gallon $ 14.45 2 $ 28.90
Manzate 200 pound $ 2.70 10 $ 27.00
Insecticides        
Asana gallon $ 118.00 0.07 $ 8.14
Diazinon gallon $ 31.20 0.75 $ 23.40
Orthene pound $ 8.95 5 $ 44.75
Other        
Black Plastic Mulch acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Pepper Transplants thousand $ 65.00 11.5 $ 747.50
Labor        
Operator hour $ 14.48 5.44 $ 78.77
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 15 $ 151.95
Laying Plastic Mulch acre $ 45.00 1 $ 45.00
Harvesting acre $ 700.00 1 $ 700.00
Grading and Packing acre $ 125.00 1 $ 125.00
Irrigation        
Trickle Irrigation acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Diesel Fuel        
Tractors gallon $ 0.969 11 $ 10.66
Repair & Maintenance        
Tractors acre $ 24.37 1 $ 24.47
Equipment acre $ 14.26 1 $ 14.26
Marketing   ;      
Picking Baskets basket $ 1.30 115 $ 149.50
Packing Boxes box $ 1.00 925 $ 925.00
Selling Charges gross revenues 3%   $ 190.92
Sub-Total       $ 3,835.22
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 16.44
Total Variable Costs acre   1 $ 3,851.66
Returns Above Variable Costs acre   1 $ 2,512.34
         
Fixed Costs        
Tractors acre $ 5.89 1 $ 5.89
Impleme nts acre $ 17.68 1 $ 17.68
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 123.57
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre   1 $ 3,975.23
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 271.27
Total Costs acre   1 $ 4,246.50
Net Returns acre   1 $ 2,117.50

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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