New studies showing costs of establishing and producing fresh market oranges, nectarines, peaches, and plums 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, cultural and 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 include:

• Sample Costs to Establish an Orange Orchard and Produce Oranges, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Neil O’Connell, Craig Kallsen, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

• Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Nectarines, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Kevin Day, Karen Klonsky, and Richard De Moura

• Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Peaches, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Kevin Day, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

• Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Plums, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Kevin Day, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

All cost of production studies are available at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu, UC Cooperative Extension offices, or by calling (530) 752-1515.

For additional information on the studies, contact De Moura at rdemoura@ucdavis.edu or Pete Livingston at pete@primal.ucdavis.edu.