Broccoli, cauliflower costs examined

Two new cost of production studies for fresh market broccoli and cauliflower grown in the Central Coast are now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

The studies focus on production costs in the Central Coast region — Monterey County, the state's primary growing area. The analysis is based on a hypothetical vegetable farm operation 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. The reports describe assumptions used to identify current costs for the individual crops, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead. 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.

Printed copies of the studies — Sample Costs to Produce Fresh Market Cauliflower — are available from the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

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