Table 52: Costs and Returns for Fresh Market Strawberries, Per Acre

Integrated Crop Management, Northeastern United States, 1996

I TEM LAND PREPARATION ESTABLISHMENT YEAR MATURE PLANTING
       
Receipts     $ 7,000.00
       
Variable Costs      
Fertilizer and Lime $ 50.00 $ 13.00 $ 15.60
Herbicides $ 22.05 $ 91.08 $ 198.19
Insecticides $ - $ 21.06 $ 24.91
Fungicides $ - $ - $ 83.15
Seed $ 18.00 $ - $ -
Plants $ - $ 552.50 $ -
Irrigation $ - $ 810.00 $ 100.00
Mulch $ - $ 225.00 $ 225.00
Labor $ 30.22 $ 477.80 $ 5,232.10
Fuel $ 6.20 $ 13.95 $ 17.20
Repairs and Maintenance $ 8.52 $ 16.44 $ 27.58
Marketing Costs (approx.) $ - $ - $ 840.00
Sub-Total $ 134.99 $ 2,220.83 $ 6,763.73
Interest on Operating Capitala $ 6.75 $ 111.04 $ 196.15
Total Variable Costs $ 141.74 $ 2,331.87 $ 6,959.88
Returns Above Variable Costs $ (141.74) $ (1,548.81) $ 40.12
Fixed Costs      
Equipment $ 16.76 $ 33.94 $ 61.73
Land< /td> $ 100.00 $ 100.00 $ 100.00
Pre-Production Cost Allocationb     $ 633.37
Total Fixed Costs $ 116.76 $ 133.94 $ 795.10
Total Fixed & Variable Costs $ 258.50 $ 2,465.81 $ 7,754.98
Management Feesa $ 18.09 $ 165. 61 $ 535.85
Total Costs $ 276.59 $ 2,631.42 $ 8,290.83
Net Returns $ (276.59) $ (1,793.55) $ (1,290.83)

a See text for calculation assumptions.
b See Appendix Table A6.

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