New cost-of-production studies for growing romaine hearts and iceberg lettuce on the Central Coast are now available from UC Cooperative Extension.
The studies focus on production costs in the Central Coast region -- Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, California's primary lettuce-growing area. The studies show the production costs for growing romaine hearts on 80-inch beds with drip irrigation and iceberg lettuce grown on 40-inch beds with sprinkler irrigation.
Each analysis is based upon a hypothetical vegetable farm operation using practices common in the region. Farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants, and other agricultural associates provided input and reviews. 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 two studies -- Sample Costs to Produce Romaine Hearts and Sample Costs to Produce Iceberg Lettuce -- are online at coststudies.ucdavis.edu, from the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and local UC Cooperative Extension offices. The study can also be requested by calling UC Davis at (530) 752-1515.
The studies were prepared by Richard F. Smith, UCCE farm advisor, Monterey County; Karen M. Klonsky, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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