New UC studies showing the costs of producing sudan silage, sudan hay, sorghum silage, and sorghum for grain are now available.

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 Produce Sudan Silage, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Steven D. Wright, Carol A. Collar, Karen M. Klonsky, and Richard L. De Moura

• Sample Costs to Produce Sudan Hay, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Steven D. Wright, Carol A. Collar, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura

• Sample Costs to Produce Sorghum Silage, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Steven D. Wright, Carol A. Collar, Karen M. Klonsky and Richard L. De Moura

• Sample Costs to Produce Grain Sorghum, 2009, Southern San Joaquin Valley by Steven D. Wright, Robert B. Humacher, 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) 752-1517.

For additional information on the studies, contact Richard De Moura at rdemoura@ucdavis.edu or Pete Livingston at pete@primal.ucdavis.edu, in the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.