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Table 65: Costs of Production for Alfalfa Hay (New Seeding), Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

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PRE-PRODUCTION COSTS

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Manure Application 1 $139.00 1 $139.00
Soil Test acre $1.00 1 $1.00
Alfalfa Seed pound $3.50 18 $63.00
Machine Costs acre $33.31 1 $33.31
Operator Labor hr $14.48 1.19 $17.23
Grain Drill acre $3.16 1 $3.16
Total Planting Costs      $256.70

a These costs are amortized over four production years.

PRODUCTION COSTS

PRICE
ITEM UNIT QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs       
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $155.00 1 $155.00
Labor&nb sp;      
Operator hour $14.48 2.82 $40.83
Machine Costs       
Fuel gallon $0.969 10.4 $10.08
Machinery acre $38.16 1 $38.16
Sub-Total      $244.07
Interest on Operating Capitalb acre 10% 1 $7.08
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $251.15
Fixed Costs       
Machinery and equipment acre $45.81 1 $45.81
Land Charge acre $50.00 1 $50.00
Pre-Production Cost Allocation acre 8% 1 $77.50
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $127 .50
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $378.65
Management Feesb acre 7% 1 $23.01
Total Costs acre  1 $401.65

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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