Table 66: Costs of Production for Alfalfa Hay (Established Stand), Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

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ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs       
Fertilizer       
Composted manure ton $ 31.00 4.5 $ 139.50
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Labor       
Operator hour 2.82 $ 41.70
Machine and Fuel Costs       
Fuel gallon $ 0.969 10.4 $ 10.08
Machinery acre $ 38.16 1 $ 38.16
Sub-Total      $ 379.44
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 11.00
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 390.44
Fixed Costs       
Machinery and equipment acre $ 60.26 1 $ 60.26
Land Charge acre $ 50.00 1 $ 50.00
Preproduction Cost Allocation acre 8% 1 $ 77.50
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 187.76
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 578.20
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 36.97
Total Costs acre  1 $ 615.18

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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