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Table 69: Costs of Production for Bell Peppers, Per Acre

Orga nic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

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ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs       
Soil Amendments        
Compost w/Gypsum ton $ 35.40 6 $ 212.40
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Other       
Peppers thousand $ 65.00 11.5 $ 747.00
Black plastic mulch acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Labor       
Operator hour $ 14.48 8.53 $ 123.51
Regular Hired hour $ 10.13 16.6 $ 212.73
Seasonal Hired hour $ 7.24 23 $ 166.52
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
Machinery Repair and Fuel Costs     
Machinery Repair acre $ 28.45 1 $ 28.45
Diesel Fuel gal $ 0.969 32.81 $ 31.79
Marketing       
Picking Baskets basket $ 1.30 110 $ 143.00
Packing Boxes box $ 1.00 880 $ 880.00
Sub-Total      $ 3,970.40
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 80.27
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 4,050.67
Fixed Costs       
Machinery and equipment acre $ 206.64 1 $ 206.64
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 306.64
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 4,357.31
Manage ment Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 226.40
Total Costs acre  1

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