New cost of production studies for summer squash, cherries and pomegranates are now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

The studies are based upon hypothetical farms using common practices. Farm advisors, growers and researchers provided input and reviews. The studies show current per-acre costs to produce squash and per-acre costs to establish and produce cherries and pomegranates. Included in the study are descriptions of the assumptions used to identify the current costs for individual field operations, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead. Various tables show profits over a range of prices and yields, monthly cash costs, hourly equipment costs, and the whole farm annual equipment, investment, and business overhead costs.

Sample Costs to Produce Summer Squash, 2005, San Joaquin Valley was prepared by Richard H. Molinar, UCCE farm advisor, Fresno County; Michael Yang, UCCE agricultural assistant, Fresno County; Karen M. Klonsky, UCCE specialist, UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Sample Costs to Establish an Orchard and Produce Pomegranates, 2005, San Joaquin Valley South shows current per acre costs to establish and produce pomegranates. It is authored by Kevin R. Day, UCCE farm advisor, Tulare and Kings counties; Harry L. Andris, UCCE farm advisor, Fresno County; Klonsky and De Moura.

Sample Costs to Establish an Orchard and Produce Sweet Cherries, 2005, San Joaquin Valley North written by Joe A. Grant, UCCE farm advisor, San Joaquin County; Janet L. Caprile, UCCE farm advisor, Contra Costa County; William B. Coates, UCCE farm advisor, San Benito County; Klonsky and De Moura.

All of the studies are available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu, or they may be ordered from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shield Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; from local UC Cooperative Extension offices; or by phone at (530) 752-4424.

Similar reports are available for a wide variety of commodities dating from 1931 to present and can be requested at the above addresses or phone numbers. A $3 handling fee is charged for each report ordered. Online downloads are free.