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					                NEW ENGLAND VEGETABLE CROP BUDGETS- 2000
                   University of Massachusetts Extension Vegetable Team

Crop                            Pumpkins 1 Acre
Description                     1 to 50 Acres

Table 1: Description of Operations
Operation                   Machinery Involved & Other Comments           Machine       Labor
                                                                        Hours/Acre Hours/Acre
     LAND PREPARATION:
Soil Test                       Minimal                                                  0.25
Seed Cover Crop - Rye           Custom Seeded
Lime                            Custom Application
Plowing                         50 HP Diesel       3-16" Moldboard           1.00        1.00
Harrowing (2X)                  50 HP Diesel       10' Disk Harrow           0.67        0.67
Pre-Emerg. Herbicide            25 HP Gasoline     21' Boom Sprayer          0.50        0.50
Planting (seed)                 25 HP Gasoline 2 Row Planter ( 1 row)        1.00        1.00
   GROWING SEASON:
Cultivation (3X)                25 HP Gasoline    Cultivator                 3.00        3.00
Cultivation/Sidedress (1X)      25 HP Gasoline    Cultivator                 1.25        1.25
Fungicide Application (4X)      25 HP Gasoline    21' Boom Spayer            1.00        1.00
Insecticide Applications (2X)   25 HP Gasoline    21' Boom Spayer            0.50        0.50
Hoeing/Thinning                                   Hoes                                   8.00
   HARVEST:
Harvest                         Picking Labor     25 bu. Bins                           28.00
Harvest (hauling)               25 HP Tractor     Wagons                    12.00       12.00
Harrow (for Rye Seeding)        50 HP Diesel      10' Disk Harrow            0.33        0.33
Total Hours                                                                 21.25       57.50

Table 2: Labor Summary
Operation                       Labor Hours/Acre Skilled or Unskilled      Labor       Labor
                                                                        Cost/Hour   Cost/Acre
Soil Sample                     0.25              Skilled                  $16.00      $4.00
Plowing                         1.00              Skilled                   16.00      16.00
Harrowing                       0.67              Skilled                   16.00      10.72
Pre-Merg. Herbicide             0.50              Skilled                   16.00       8.00
Planting                        1.00              Skilled                   16.00      16.00
Cultivations                    3.00              Skilled                   16.00      48.00
Cultivation/Sidedress           1.25              Skilled                   16.00      20.00
Fungicide Application           1.00              Skilled                   16.00      16.00
Insecticide Application         0.50              Skilled                   16.00       8.00
Hoeing/Thinning                 8.00              Unskilled                  9.00      72.00
Harvest-Picking                 28.00             Unskilled                  9.00     252.00
Harvest-Hauling                 12.00             Skilled                   16.00     192.00
Harrow for Rye Seeding          0.33              Skilled                   16.00       5.28
Total Skilled labor             $21.17                                    $16.00     $338.72
Total Unskilled labor           36.00                                       $9.00    $324.00
Total Labor Cost                                                                     $662.72
Table 3: Cash Expenses Per Acre (other than labor)
Expense Item               Units                          Quantity    Price/Unit   Total Cost
                                                                                      of Item
Soil Test                                                     1.00      $12.00        $12.00
Lime (custom)                        tons                     0.75       36.00         27.00
Rye (custom)                                                             12.50           0.00
Seed                                 pounds                   3.00       12.50         37.50
Fertilizer (will vary with soil test recommendations)         0.50      202.00        101.00
Pesticides:
    Poast                            gallons                  0.25        74.84        18.71
    Curbit 3EC                       gallons                  0.50        44.35        22.18
    Gramoxone EX                     gallons                  0.50        27.14        13.57
    Sevin XLR PLUS                   gallons                  0.25        27.60         6.90
    Thiodan 50% WP                   pounds                   2.00         6.50        13.00
    Bravo 720                        gallons                  0.50        54.55        27.28
    Bayleton 50% WP                  pounds                   0.25        60.50        15.13
    Ridomil/Bravo                    pounds                   2.00        15.60        31.20
Bins(amort. 6 yr. Life)              25 bushel               16.00         7.00       112.00
Total                                                                                $437.46

Table 4: Machine Costs
Machine (Name and Size)         Hours Used               Operating Cost              Ownership Cost
                                Per Acre                 Per Hour    Per Acre      Per Hour   Per Acre
50 HP Diesel Tractor            2.0                          $4.50        $9.00       $12.00     $24.00
25 HP Gas Tractor               19.3                          3.00        57.75         3.35      64.49
Plow 3-16"                      1.0                           2.00         2.00         8.00        8.00
Disk Harrow - 10'               1.0                           1.15         1.15        15.00      15.00
Boom Sprayer 21'                2.0                           1.50         3.00         5.25      10.50
Cultivators                     4.3                           1.00         4.25         1.25        5.31
Planter                         1.0                           1.50         1.50        30.00      30.00
Wagon(s)/Trailers               12.0                          0.25         3.00         1.00      12.00
Total                                                                   $81.65                 $169.30
Total Operating and Ownership Cost Per Acre                                                    $250.95

Table 5: Summary of Process Budget Costs
Pumpkins 1 Acre                                            Per Acre
Labor: Skilled $16.00/hour x 21.17                         $338.72
      Unskilled, $9.00/hour x 36.00                         324.00
Cash Expenses:                                              437.46
Machinery: Operating Costs                                   81.65
           Ownership Costs                                  169.30
Total Production Costs                                   $1,351.13
Production costs do not include charges for land or management.
Table 6: Gross Revenues
                     Yield                        Price Per Bushel at Farm
                  (bushels)               $5.00              $6.00         $7.00       $8.00
                       300                 1500                1800         2100        2400
                       350                 1750                2100         2450        2800
                       400                 2000                2400         2800        3200
                       450                 2250                2700         3150        3600

Table 7: Net Revenues
                     Yield                        Price Per Bushel at Farm
                  (bushels)               $5.00              $6.00         $7.00       $8.00
                       300                  149                 449          749        1049
                       350                  399                 749         1099        1449
                       400                  649                1049         1449        1849
                       450                  899                1349         1799        2249

Assumed yield for the original budget                          400

This information assembled by Robert L. Christensen with additional assistance from John Howell and Frank
Mangan of the University of Massachusetts and Mike Sciabarrasi and Otho Wells of the University of New
Hampshire.

				
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