A new cost-of-production study for cherries grown in the northern San Joaquin Valley is now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

The study is based upon a hypothetical farm using common practices in the region, California's primary cherry growing area. Input and reviews were provided by farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates.

Current costs and a description of the assumptions used for individual field operations, 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 study, Sample Costs to Establish an Orchard and Produce Sweet Cherries, was written by Joseph A. Grant, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, San Joaquin County; Janet L. Caprile, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Contra Costa County; Kathleen M. Kelly, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Stanislaus County; Karen M. Klonsky, UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The publication is available from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.