Blackeye beans target of two UC cost studies

Two new cost-of-production studies examining single and double-cropped blackeye beans (Vigna unquiculata) in the southern San Joaquin Valley (Tulare County) are now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

The studies are based upon a hypothetical farm using practices common in the region. Input and reviews were provided by UC farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates.

Assumptions used to identify current costs for individual producers, 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 two studies — Sample Costs to Produce Blackeye Beans (double cropped) and Sample Costs to Produce Blackeye Beans (single cropped) — are available from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 and local UC Cooperative Extension offices. The publications are available for downloading from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Web site at or contact the department by phone at (530) 752-1515.

The study was prepared by Carol A. Frate, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County; Karen M. Klonsky, UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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