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Table 50: Costs and Returns for Blueberries, Per Acre

Integrated Crop Management, Northeastern United States, 1996

< td align="left"> Returns Above Variable Costs
ITEM LAND PREPARATION ESTABLISHMENT YEAR MATURE PLANTING
       
Receipts $ - $ - $ 6,312.00
       
Variable Costs      
Fertilizer $ 293.00 $ 56.00 $ 112.00
Herbicide $ - $ 112.32 $ 194.04
Insecticide $ - $ 8.94 $ 21.26
Fungicide $ - $ - $ 56.78
Ryegrass Seed $ 38.10 $ - $ -
Plants $ - $ 2,176.00 $ 8.00
Irrigation Installation $ - $ 2,000.00 $ -
Irrigation Operating Cost $ - $ 200.00 $ 200.00
Bee Rental $ - $ - $ 50.00
Labor $ 55.74 $ 451.64 $ 2,780.69
Fuel $ 11.60 $ 11.42 $ 11.92
Repairs and Maintenance $ 10.46 $ 10.16 $ 6.39
Marketing $ - $ - $ 1,131.60
Sub-Total $ 408.90 $ 5,026.48 $ 4,572.68
Interest on Operating Capitala $ 20.45 $ 251.32 $ 132.61
Total Variable Costs $ 429.35 $ 5,277.80 $ 4,705.29
$ (429.35) $ (5,277.80) $ 1,606.71
Fixed Costs      
Machinery and Equipment $ 21.91 $ 44.16 $ 12.62
Land $ 100.00 $ 100.00 $ 100.00
Pre-Production Cost Allocationb $ - $ - $ 1,041.96
Total Fixed Costs $ 121.91 $ 144.16 $ 1,154.58
Total Fixed & Variable Costs $ 551.26 $ 5,421.96 $ 5,859.87
Management Feesa $ 31.59 $ 372.54 $ 403.19
Total Costs $ 582.84 $ 5,794.50 $ 6,263.06
Net Returns $ (582.84) $ (5,794. 50) $ 48.94

aSee text for calculation assumptions.
bSee Appendix Table A3.

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