UC studies examine ag costs

New studies showing production costs for common dry, baby and large lima beans, wheat, and costs of operating a walnut hulling-drying facility 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 Produce Wheat, 2009, Sacramento Valley, by Douglas J. Munier, Jerry L. Schmierer, Kent L. Brittan, Karen M. Klonsky and Pete Livingston.

Sample Costs to Produce Common Dry Beans, 2010, Northern San Joaquin Valley, Sample Costs to Produce Baby Lima Beans, 2010, Northern San Joaquin Valley, and Sample Costs to Produce Large Lima Beans, 2010, Northern San Joaquin Valley by W. Mick Canevari, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.

Sample Costs to Hull and Dry Walnuts, 2009, Northern San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Valley, and Lake County by Karen Klonsky, James Thompson, Joseph Grant, Janine Hasey, and Rachel Elkins.

All cost of production studies are available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu, at UC Cooperative Extension offices or by calling (530) 752-6887.

For additional information on the studies, contact Richard De Moura at [email protected] or Pete Livingston at [email protected], in the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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