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Table 74: Costs of Production for Yellow Onions, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

Seasonal Hired
ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs
Soil Amendments        
Compost w/ Gypsum ton $ 35.40 6 $ 212.40
Pest Management       
Approved organic chemicals acre $ 150.00 1 $ 150.00
Foliar Nutrients       
Fish Fertilizer lb $ 2.07 6 $ 12.42
Corn Calcium qt $ 1.45 2 $ 2.90
Kelp Extract lb $ 5.96 1.5 $ 8.94
Omega 2-7-7 pt $ 3.22 2 $ 6.44
Spreader/Sticker       
Therm X (Yucca Extract) oz $ 4.00 0.44 $ 1.76
Seeds       
Seeds thousand $ 0.89 180 $ 160.20
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 8.63 $ 124.96
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 90.45 $ 916.26
hr $ 7.24 84.5 $ 611.78
Irrigation       
Overhead Irrigation acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Machinery Repair and Fuel       
Diesel Fuel gal $ 0.969 46.39 $ 44.95
Machinery Repair acre $ 36.69 1 $ 36.69
Marketing Costs       
Harvesting sacks sack $ 0.05 850 $ 42.50
Packing sack sack $ 0.54 850 $ 459.00
Sub-Total      $ 2,983.20
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 63.47
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 3,046.67
Fixed Costs
Machinery and equipment acre $ 301.80 1 $ 301.80
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 401.80
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 3,448.47
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 199.39
Total Costs acre  < /td> 1 $ 3,647.86

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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