UC examines cost of establishing a raisin vineyard

A new study showing sample costs of establishing a raisin vineyard has been released by the University of California. The study focuses on production of tray-dried raisins in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

The study is based upon a hypothetical farm using common practices in the region. Input and reviews were provided by farm advisors, researchers and local growers. The study shows current per-acre costs to establish and produce raisins. Included in the study are descriptions of the assumptions used to identify the current costs for individual field operations, 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, hourly equipment costs, and the whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs.

The cost study is authored by William L Peacock, UCCE farm advisor, Tulare County; Stephen J. Vasquez, UCCE farm advisor, Fresno County; Jennifer M. Hashim, UCCE farm advisor, Kern County; George M. Leavitt, UCCE farm advisor, Madera County; Karen M. Klonsky, extension specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis; and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.

The study Sample Costs to Establish a Vineyard and Produce Grapes for Raisins, 2006, (Tray Dried), San Joaquin Valley can be downloaded for free at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu or can be ordered from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, and the local UC Cooperative Extension offices or by phone at (530) 752-4424. Similar reports are available for many commodities from 1931 to current and can be ordered at the above.

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