New studies showing costs of establishment and production of mandarins, grain corn and common beans 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 Establish and Produce Mandarins, 2008, Intermountain-Sierra Nevada Foothills by Cindy Fake, Karen M. Klonsky, and Richard L. De Moura; Sample Costs to Produce Grain Corn, 2008, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Carol A. Frate, Brian H. Marsh, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura; Sample Costs to Produce Beans, Common Dry Varieties, Double Cropped, 2008, Sacramento Valley by Jerry L. Schmierer, Rachael F. Long, Douglas J. Munier, Karen M. Klonsky, and Pete Livingston; Sample Costs to Produce Beans, Common Dry Varieties, Dry Bush and Vine Varieties, Single Cropped, 2008, Sacramento Valley by Douglas J. Munier, Rachael F. Long, Jerry L. Schmierer, Karen M. Klonsky, and Pete Livingston.

All cost of production studies are available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu, at UC Cooperative Extension offices or by calling (530) 752-1517.

For additional information on the studies, contact Richard De Moura in the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at rdemoura@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-3589.