The University of California, Davis, and the UC Cooperative Extension have released 14 new cost-of-production studies for growing high-density olives, table grapes, winegrapes, fresh market tomatoes, onions, berries, apples and dates.

Each study is based upon a hypothetical farm operation using practices common in the region. UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors, growers, researchers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, industry consultants and other agricultural associates provided input and reviews. Assumptions used to identify current costs and operations for the individual crops, material inputs, cash and no-cash overhead are described.

An analysis table shows profits over a range of prices and yields. Other tables show the monthly cash costs by cultural operations; the costs and returns per acre showing material inputs; hourly equipment costs; and the whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs.

Two studies show the costs for establishing and producing high-density olive plantings:

— Sample Costs to Establish a Super High-Density Olive Orchard and Produce Olive Oil, 2007, San Joaquin Valley by Paul M. Vossen, Joseph Grant, Karen Klonsky and Pete Livingston

— Sample Costs to Establish a Super High-Density Olive Orchard, Sacramento Valley, 2007, by Paul Vossen, Joseph Connell, William Krueger, Karen Klonsky and Pete Livingston

Four studies show the cost for establishing and producing table grapes and two studies for establishing and producing winegrapes:

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Table Grapes, Thompson Seedless, 2007, San Joaquin Valley, by William Peacock, Stephen Vasquez, Jennifer Hashim-Buckey, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Table Grapes, Flame Seedless, 2007, San Joaquin Valley, by William Peacock, Stephen Vasquez, Jennifer Hashim-Buckey, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Table Grapes, Redglobe, 2007, San Joaquin Valley, by William Peacock, Stephen Vasquez, Jennifer Hashim-Buckey, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Table Grapes, Crimson Seedless, 2007, San Joaquin Valley, by William Peacock, Stephen Vasquez, Jennifer Hashim-Buckey, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

— Sample Costs to Establish a Vineyard and Produce Wine Grapes, Red Varieties-Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, North Coast, by Glenn McGourty, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

— Sample Costs to Establish a Vineyard and Produce Wine Grapes, White Varieties-Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, North Coast, by Glenn McGourty, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

Two vegetable studies released:

— Sample Costs to Produce Onions, 2008, Intermountain (Tule Lake), by Harry Carlson, Karen Klonsky and Pete Livingston

— Sample Costs to Produce Fresh Market Tomatoes, 2007, San Joaquin Valley, by C. Scott Stoddard, Michelle LeStrange, Brenna Aegerter, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

Four berry and fruit studies released:

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Apples (Fuji), 2007, Intermountain (El Dorado County), by Lynn Wunderlich, Karen Klonsky and Richard De Moura

— Sample Costs to Establish A Date Palm Orchard and Produce Dates, 2006, Coachella Valley (Riverside County), by Etaferahu Takele, Peggy Mauk and Ihab Sharabeen

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Blueberries, 2007, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, by Etaferahu Takele, Ben Faber, Mark Gaskell, Getachew Nigatu and Ihab Sharabeen

— Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Organic Blueberries, 2007, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, by Etaferahu Takele, Ben Faber, Mark Gaskell, Getachew Nigatu and Ihab Sharabeen

The cost studies are available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu