Four new studies from the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) outline the cost of producing apricots and cling peaches.

Two apricot studies cover costs incurred by growers to establish an apricot orchard and produce apricots for both fresh market and processing in the San Joaquin Valley. The third apricot study shows costs incurred to establish an orchard on a five-acre homesite and produce apricots for drying in the Central Coast. The fourth study shows costs to establish and grow cling peaches in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

The analyses are based upon hypothetical but typical farms using farming practices common in the region. Input and reviews are provided by farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants, and other agricultural associates. A Ranging Analysis table shows profits over a range of prices and yields. Various 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 — Sample Costs to Establish an Apricot Orchard and Produce Apricots for Fresh Market, San Joaquin Valley, and Sample Costs to Establish an Apricot Orchard and Produce Apricots for Processing, San Joaquin Valley were prepared by Kathleen Kelley Anderson, UCCE farm advisor, Stanislaus County; Kevin R. Day, UCCE farm advisor, Tulare County; Harry L. Andris, UCCE farm advisor, Fresno County; William B. Coates, UCCE farm advisor, San Benito County; William C. Ferriera, president, Apricot Producers of California; Stephen M. Southwick, UCCE specialist, Department of Pomology, UC Davis; Karen M. Klonsky, UCCE specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.

Sample Costs to Establish an Apricot Orchard and Produce Apricots, Central Coast, Homesite was prepared by Coates, Anderson, Ferriera, Southwick, Klonsky and De Moura.

Sample Costs to Establish a Cling Peach Orchard and Produce Cling Peaches, Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys was prepared by Maxwell Norton, UCCE farm advisor, Merced County; Janine Hasey, UCCE farm advisor, Sutter/Yuba counties; Roger Duncan, UCCE farm advisor, Stanislaus County; Heidi Sanders, California Canning Peach Association, Sacramento; Bill Olson, UCCE farm advisor, Butte County, Karen M. Klonsky, UCCE specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis; and Pete Livingston, UCCE Research Associate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.

The studies are available for downloading from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics' Web site, http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu. 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.