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Table 72: Costs of Production for Cucumber, Per Acre

Organic Producti on Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs        
Soil Amendments        
Compost w/Gypsum ton $ 35.40 6 $ 21 2.40
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Othe r       
Seeds lb $ 35.00 1.5 $ 52.50
Black smooth mulch acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 7.83 $ 113.38
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 25.9 $ 262.37
Seasonal Hired hr $ 7.24 114 $ 825.36
Irrigation       
Trickle Irrigation acre $ 300.00 1 $ 300.00
Machinery Repair and Fuel       
Diesel Fuel gal $ 0.969 23.47 $ 22.74
Machinery Repair acre $ 25.67 1 $ 25.67
Marketing Costs       
Picking Basket basket $ 1.50 24 $ 36.00
Packing Boxes box $ 1.05 400 $ 420.00
< b> Sub-Total      $ 2,570.42
Interest on Operating Capital a acre 10% 1 $ 48.02
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 2,618.44
Fixed Costs       
Machinery and equipment acre $ 157. 75 1 $ 157.75
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 257.75
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 2,876.19
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 162.41
Total Costs acre  1 $ 3,038.60

aSee text for ca lculation assumptions.

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