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Table 64: Costs of Production for Corn for Silage, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs       
Fertilizer       
Composted manure ton $ 31.00 4.5 $ 139.50
Cover Crop       
Vetch (Hairy) 50 lb $ 95.75 0.8 $ 76.60
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 95. 00 1 $ 95.00
Seed       
Corn Seed thousand $ 1.05 30 $ 31.50
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 4.1 $ 59.37
Repair and Fuel Costs       
Diesel Fuel gal $ 0.969 17 $ 16.47
Machine Costs acre $ 88.59 1 $ 88.59
Sil o ton $ 0.37 17 $ 6.29
Sub-Total      $ 513.32
Interest on Operating Capitala acre  1 $ 14.89
Total Variable Costs acre 10% 1 $ 528.21
Fixed Costs       
Machinery and Equipment acre $ 49.59 1 $ 49.59
Silo ton $ 4.93 17 $ 83.81
Land Charge acre $ 50.00 1 $ 50.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 183.40
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 711.61
Management Fees a acre 7% 1 $ 46.31
Total Costs acre  1 $ 757.92

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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