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Table 71: Costs of Production for Cauliflower, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

< td> QUANTITY
ITEM UNIT PRICE 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
Transplants       
Cauliflower thousand $ 19.30 13 $ 250.90
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 8.33 $ 120.62
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 36.6 $ 370.76
Seasonal Hired hr $ 7.24 76 $ 550.24
Irrigation       
Overhead Irrigation acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Machinery Repair and Fuel       
Machinery Repair acre $ 38.28 1 $ 38.28
Marketing Costs       
Packing Crates crate $ 1.50 800 $ 1,200.00
Sub-Total      $ 3,085.20
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 56.84
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 3,142.04
Fixed Costs       
Machinery and equipment acre $ 2 12.59 1 $ 212.59
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 312.59
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 3,454.63
Management F eesa acre 7% 1 $ 150.82
Total Costs acre  1 $ 3,605.45

aSee text for calculation assumptions.