New studies showing production costs for table olives, peaches, cherries, almonds and safflower are now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Each analysis is based upon hypothetical farm operations using practices common in the region. Input and reviews were provided by farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates. Assumptions used to identify current costs for the individual crops, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead are described. A ranging analysis table shows profits over a range of prices and yields. Other tables show the monthly cash costs, the costs and returns per acre, hourly equipment costs, and the whole farm annual equipment, investment, and business overhead costs.
The new studies are:
- "Sample Costs to Establish a High Density Olive Orchard and Produce Table Olives, 2011, Sacramento Valley" by William H. Krueger, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.
- "Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Processing Peaches (Cling & Freestone, Extra Early Varieties), 2011, Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley," by Roger Duncan, Janine Hasey, Maxwell Norton, Karen M. Klonsky, and Richard L. De Moura.
- "Sample Costs to Establish an Orchard and Produce Almonds, Flood Irrigation, 2011, Northern San Joaquin Valley" by Roger A. Duncan, Paul S. Verdegaal, Brent A. Holtz, David A. Doll, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.
- "Sample Costs to Establish an Orchard and Produce Sweet Cherries, 2011, Northern San Joaquin Valley" by Joe A. Grant, Janet L. Caprile, William C. Coates, Kathy Kelley Anderson, Karen M. Klonsky, and Richard L. De Moura.
"Sample Costs to Produce Safflower, 2011, Sacramento Valley" by Doug Munier, Rachael Long, Jerry Schmierer, Karen M. Klonsky, Pete Livingston and Richard L. De Moura.
All cost of production studies are available for free download at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu , at UC Cooperative Extension offices or by calling (530) 752-3589. For additional information on the studies, contact Richard De Moura at [email protected]  in the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.