New studies showing production costs for almonds, walnuts, mandarins, wine grapes and peppermint oil 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 UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors, UC researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates.

Each study describes the assumptionsused to identify current costs for the individual crops, 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, the costs and returns per acre, hourly equipment costs, and the whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs.

The new studies are as follows:

  • Sample Costs to Establish an Orchard and Produce Almonds, 2012, Sacramento Valley,by Joseph H. Connell, William H. Krueger, Richard P. Buchner, Franz Niederholzer, Carolyn J. DeBuse, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.
  • Sample Costs to Establish a Walnut Orchard and Produce Walnuts, 2012, Sacramento Valley,by William H. Krueger, Richard P. Buchner, Janine K. Hasey, Joseph H. Connell, Carolyn DeBuse, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.
  • Sample Costs to Establish a Citrus Orchard and Produce Mandarins (Tango), 2011, San Joaquin Valley – Southby Neil V. O’Connell, Craig E. Kallsen, Karen M. Klonsky, Richard L. De Moura and Kabir P. Tumber.
  • Sample Costs to Establish a Vineyard and Produce Winegrapes (Cabernet Sauvignon), 2012, North Coast Region (Napa)by Monica L. Cooper, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.
  • Sample Costs to Establish a Peppermint Stand and Produce Peppermint Oil, 2011, Intermountain Region,by Rob Wilson, Daniel B. Marcum, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura.

All cost of production studies are available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu, at UC Cooperative Extension offices or by calling (530) 752-3589.  For more information about the studies, contact Richard De Moura at rdemoura@ucdavis.eduin the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis.