Grain corn costs examined in study

A new study examining the cost of producing grain corn in the San Joaquin Valley is now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

The analysis is based upon a hypothetical farm 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 study, first released in 1999, has been revised and updated with current costs. The 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 studies are available for downloading from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics' Web site, They can also be ordered by calling (530) 752-4424 or a local UCCE office. Written requests can be sent to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

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