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Table 78: Costs of Production for Processing Tomato, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs
Fertilizer and Soil Amendments       
Composted M anure ton $ 31.00 4.5 $ 139.50
Gypsum ton $ 44.00 0.5 $ 22.00
Fish Powder lb $ 2.07 4 $ 8.28
Kelp Extract lb $ 5.96 1 $ 5.96
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 9.50 1 $ 9.50
Other       
Tomato Seed thousand $ 1.93 60 $ 115.80
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 10.06 $ 145.67
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 39 $ 395.07
Irrigation       
Overhead Irrigation acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Repair, Maintenance and Fuel       
Machinery and Equipment acre $ 252.79 1 $ 252.7 9
Harvesting       
Harvest Labor acre $ 340.28 1 $ 340.28
Sub-Total      $ 1,626.85
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 65.38
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 1,692.23
Fixed Costs
Machinery and Equip ment acre $ 249.54 1 $ 249.54
Land Charge acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre   1 $ 349.54
Total Fixed & Variable Costs acre  1 $ 2,041.77
Management Fees a acre  1 $ 135.92
Total Costs acre  1 $ 2,177.70

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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