Apr 19, 2017
Costs, returns of producing transplanted processing tomatoes

The University of California (UC) Agricultural Issues Center has released an updated study on the costs and returns of producing transplanted processing tomatoes under sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI). The study focuses on California’s Sacramento Valley & northern Delta regions.

The analysis is based upon a hypothetical well-managed farming operation using practices common to the region. The costs, materials and practices shown in this study will not apply to all farms. Growers, UC ANR Cooperative Extension farm advisors and other agricultural associates provided input and reviewed the methods and findings of the study.

The hypothetical 3,500 acre farm, focuses on production costs for growing transplanted processing tomatoes under sub-surface drip irrigation on 60” beds in the counties of San Joaquin and the lower Sacramento Valley.

The authors describe the assumptions used to identify current costs for production, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead. Ranging analysis tables show 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 study is titled “Sample Costs to Produce Processing Tomatoes, Sub-Surface Drip Irrigated (SDI) in the Sacramento Valley & Northern Delta – 2017

Free copies of this study and other sample cost of production studies for many commodities are available. To download the cost studies, visit the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics website.

The cost and returns program is funded by the UC Agricultural Issues Center, which is part of UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

For additional information or an explanation of the calculations used in the studies, contact Donald Stewart at 530-752-4651 or email destewart@ucdavis.edu; Brenna Aegerter at bjaegerter@ucanr.edu; or Gene Miyao at emmiyao@ucanr.edu.

Source: University of California (UC) Agricultural Issues Center





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