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					SEEDED WATERMELONS ON PLASTIC MULCH W/ DRIP IRRIGATION
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crop Budget
Estimated Costs - Do not make changes here.
VARIABLE COSTS                                                                                                        Returns Based On Example Costs
Input/Item                                Unit           Price/Unit Units/A         Cost/Acre                                                      Price Assumptions $/lb
Nitrogen                                  lbs                  $0.49       150       $73.50                                               High             Average          Low
Phosphorous                               lbs                  $0.60       100       $60.00            Yield Assumptions (lbs)           $0.10              $0.08          $0.03
Potassium                                 lbs                  $0.45       150       $67.50            Excellent            60,000     $2,918.42          $1,718.42      -$1,281.58
Lime (prorated over 3 years)              ton                 $42.50         1       $14.17            Expected             45,000     $1,718.42           $818.42       -$1,431.58
Plastic Mulch                             yard               $0.0658     2074        $136.49           Poor                 30,000      $518.42            -$81.58       -$1,581.58
Seeded Watermelon Seed                    100 seeds            $5.26        21       $110.46
Transplant Production                     72-cell tray         $9.00        29       $261.00             Marketing Comission Fee:             0.00%
Herbicide - Gramoxone Inteon1             pint                 $3.93      1.37        $5.38            Commision fee at Laurel Auction is 3.5%
Herbicide - Sandea1                       ounce               $39.75      0.37       $14.71
Herbicide - Strategy1                     pint                $11.87      0.86       $10.21            Field Description: This information is used to determine the number of
Insecticide2                                                                         $59.81            transplants, yards of plastic mulch, and the amount of herbicide applied.
Fungicide - chlorothalonil                pint                 $6.87          16     $109.92           Rows are on          7         foot centers
Fungicide - Quadris                       fl oz                $2.10          60     $126.00           There are            3         feet between plants in the row
Bee Rental                                colony              $65.00         1.5     $97.50            There are          0.571       acres unmulched/A
                                                                                      $0.00            There are           2074       mulched yards/acre
                                                                                      $0.00            There are           2074       plants per acre
Interest on Variable Costs3                  $1,146.64             6      7.00%      $40.13
                 Total Variable Costs                                                 $1,186.78

FIXED COSTS (custom rates are used as a proxy for field operation costs)
Input/Item                            Unit        Price/Unit Units/A                Cost/Acre
Applying Fertilizer                   application        $9.00           1            $9.00
Applying Chemicals                    application       $10.00         12            $120.00
Hooded Sprayer                        application       $25.00           1           $25.00
Plowing                               acre              $18.40           1           $18.40
Disk & Harrowing                      acre              $15.50           1           $15.50
Laying Mulch                          acre             $135.00           1           $135.00
Planting Labor                        hour               $8.00           6           $48.00
Fixed Irrigation Costs4               acre             $162.12           1           $162.12
Irrigation Operating Costs4           acre-inch          $2.10           8           $16.78
Mowing Vines                          acre              $10.00           1           $10.00
Lifting Mulch                         acre              $15.00           1           $15.00
Removing Mulch                        acre             $100.00           1           $100.00
Mulch Disposal                        acre              $20.00           1           $20.00
                    Total Fixed Costs                                                  $694.80

Yield Dependent Costs
Input/Item                                Unit           Price/Unit Units/A         Cost/Acre
Harvest Cost at Excellent Yield           lb                   $0.02   60,000       $1,200.00
Harvest Cost at Expected Yield            lb                   $0.02   45,000        $900.00
Harvest Cost at Poor Yield                lb                   $0.02   30,000        $600.00

Total Cash Costs at Expected Yield                                                  $2,781.58
Expected Returns (price x yield)                                                    $3,600.00
Net Available for Rent or Land Payment                                               $818.42

1
    Herbicides applied with hooded sprayer between plastic beds. Herbicide rate per acre calculated as 57.1% of the broadcast acre rate.

2
 Generally one spray for cucumber beetles, 2 sprays for aphids (one early and one late) and one miticide.
Average cost per acre for 4 applications (insecticide/miticides) : $59.81

3
    Cells , from left to right, correspond to total variable costs, number of months interest is charged, and interest rate.

4
  Irrigation costs are highly variable depending on the size of the system and the cost of the system components.
Irrigation Fixed costs include the cost of drip tape, layflat, fittings, pump, manifold, and installation labor.
Irrigation Operating Costs include the cost of fuel and operating labor.
Estimated Irrigation Costs are detailed in the "IrrigationEstimated" worksheet.
DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM WITH GASOLINE POWERED PUMP
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Irrigation Cost Calculator
Estimated Costs - Do not make changes here.
                                                                                 Caluclations Based on Tape Flow Rate
                                                                                   Tape Flow Rate       Hours to Apply
Field Layout                                                                        (gpm/100 ft)          0.25 Inch
Distance Between Row Centers (ft)                    7                                          0.22         8.3
Average Row Length (ft)                            350                                          0.34         5.3
Size of Field (acres)                              20                                           0.45         4.0
Feet of row/acre                           6222.857143                                          0.67         2.7
Number of rows per acre                           17.8


Price Information
Item                                       Description       Feet per Roll          Price per Roll
Roll of Drip Tape                             8 mil             7500                  $145.00
Roll of Layflat                                4"                300                  $240.00

Fixed Costs

Input/Item                                    Unit            Cost/Unit               Quantity          Useful Life (years)
Drip Tape                                     foot                       $0.02         6223                      1
Tube Fittings                                 piece                      $1.80           18                      5
Layflat Supply Tube                           foot                       $0.80          174                      5
Manifold (Valves, filter, etc.)                                        $350.00            1                      5
Pump                                                                   $800.00            1                     10
Installation Labor                            hour                       $8.00           30
                                  Totals

Annual Operating Costs
                                                          Pump Fuel Use Rate     Inches of Irrigation
                                                         (gal. H2O pumped per     Applied per Acre       Gallons of H2O
Item                                       Price/gallon         gal. fuel)            per Year          Applied per Year
Fuel                                               $2.00         32000                    8                 4344640
                                            Price/hour         Hours/Year
Operating Labor                                    $8.00             8
                                  Totals

                                      Total           Per Acre                Per Acre Inch
Annual Fixed Costs                       $3,242.45            $162.12               $20.27
Annual Operating Costs                    $335.54              $16.78                $2.10
Total Annual Cost                          $3,577.99                  $178.90               $22.36
Information from green-highlighted cells used in crop budget.
GPM/ acre
  13.69
  21.16
  28.00
  41.69




                 Total Annual   Annual Cost per
 Total Cost          Cost           Acre
    $2,406.17         $2,406.17         $120.31
       $640.07          $128.01           $6.40
    $2,791.31           $558.26          $27.91
       $350.00           $70.00           $3.50
       $800.00           $80.00           $4.00
       $240.00          $240.00          $12.00
    $6,987.55         $3,242.45         $162.12




Total Annual     Cost per Acre
    Cost           per Year
       $271.54            $13.58

       $64.00             $3.20
      $335.54            $16.78
SEEDED WATERMELONS ON PLASTIC MULCH W/ DRIP IRRIGATION
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crop Budget
Actual Costs - Enter your actual costs in the yellow-highlighted cells.
VARIABLE COSTS                                                                                                          Returns Based On Actual Costs
Input/Item                                Unit           Price/Unit Units/A         Cost/Acre                                                          Price Assumptions $/lb
Nitrogen                                  lbs                  $0.49       150        $73.50                                                  High             Average           Low
Phosphorous                               lbs                  $0.60       100        $60.00             Yield Assumptions (lbs)             $0.10              $0.08           $0.03
Potassium                                 lbs                  $0.45       150        $67.50             Excellent            60,000       $2,918.42          $1,718.42       -$1,281.58
Lime (prorated over 3 years)              ton                 $42.50          1       $14.17             Expected             45,000       $1,718.42           $818.42        -$1,431.58
Plastic Mulch                             yard               $0.0658     2074        $136.49             Poor                 30,000        $518.42            -$81.58        -$1,581.58
Seedless Watermelon Seed                  100 seeds            $5.26         21      $110.46
Transplant Production                     72-cell tray         $9.00         29      $261.00
Herbicide - Gramoxone Inteon1             pint                 $3.93      1.37        $5.38               Marketing Comission Fee:               0.00%
                   1
Herbicide - Sandea                        ounce               $39.75      0.37        $14.71             Commision fee at Laurel Auction is 3.5%
Herbicide - Strategy1                     pint                $11.87      0.86        $10.21
Insecticide2                                                  $59.81          1       $59.81             Field Description: Use this information to determine the number of
Fungicide - chlorothalonil                pint                 $6.87         16      $109.92             transplants, yards of plastic mulch, and the amount of herbicide applied.
Fungicide - Quadris                       fl oz                $2.10         60      $126.00              Rows are on         7        foot centers
Bee Rental                                colony              $65.00        1.5       $97.50             There are            3        feet between plants in the row
                                                                                      $0.00              There are          0.571      acres unmulched/A
                                                                                      $0.00              There are          2074       mulched yards/acre
                                                                                      $0.00              There are          2074       plants per acre
                                                                                      $0.00
                             3
Interest on Variable Costs                   $1,146.64             6      7.00%       $40.13
                Total Variable Costs                                                  $1,186.78

FIXED COSTS (custom rates are used as a proxy for field operation costs)
Input/Item                         Unit          Price/Unit Units/A                 Cost/Acre
Applying Fertilizer                application          $9.00          1              $9.00
Applying Chemicals                 application         $10.00         12             $120.00
Hooded Sprayer                     application         $25.00          1              $25.00
Plowing                            acre                $18.40          1              $18.40
Disk & Harrowing                   acre                $15.50          1              $15.50
Laying Mulch                       acre               $135.00          1             $135.00
Planting Labor                     hour                 $8.00          6              $48.00
                       4
Fixed Irrigation Costs             acre               $162.12          1             $162.12
                           4
Irrigation Operating Costs         acre-inch            $2.10          8              $16.78
Mowing Vines                       acre                $10.00          1              $10.00
Lifting Mulch                      acre                $15.00          1              $15.00
Removing Mulch                     acre               $100.00          1             $100.00
Mulch Disposal                     acre                $20.00          1              $20.00
                                                                                      $0.00
                                                                                      $0.00
                                                                                      $0.00
                      Total Fixed Costs                                                 $694.80

Yield Dependent Costs
Input/Item                                Unit           Price/Unit Units/A         Cost/Acre
Harvest Cost at Excellent Yield           lb                   $0.02   60,000       $1,200.00
Harvest Cost at Expected Yield            lb                   $0.02   45,000        $900.00
Harvest Cost at Poor Yield                lb                   $0.02   30,000        $600.00

Total Cash Costs at Expected Yield                                                  $2,781.58
Expected Returns (price x yield)                                                    $3,600.00
Net Available for Rent or Land Payment                                               $818.42

1
    Herbicides applied with hooded sprayer between plastic beds. Calculate herbicide rate as                 57.1%      of the broadcast acre rate.

2
 Generally one spray for cucumber beetles, 2 sprays for aphids (one early and one late) and one miticide.
Average cost per acre for 4 applications (insecticide/miticides) : $59.81

3
    Cells , from left to right, correspond to total variable costs, number of months interest is charged, and interest rate.

4
  Irrigation costs are highly variable depending on the size of the system and the cost of the system components.
Irrigation Fixed costs include the cost of drip tape, layflat, fittings, pump, manifold, and installation labor.
Irrigation Operating Costs include the cost of fuel and operating labor.
In order to change the irrigation costs in this worksheet, enter your actual system information in the "IrrigationActual" worksheet.
DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM WITH GASOLINE POWERED PUMP
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Irrigation Cost Calculator
Actual Costs - Enter your actual information in the yellow-highlighted cells

                                                                                   Caluclations Based on Tape Flow Rate
                                                                                     Tape Flow Rate
Field Layout                                                                          (gpm/100 ft)
Distance Between Row Centers (ft)*                     7                                          0.22
Average Row Length (ft)                             350                                           0.34
Size of Field (acres)                             20.00                                           0.45
Feet of row/acre                            6222.857143                                           0.67
Number of rows per acre                             17.8
*from "Actual" worksheet

Price Information
Item                                       Description         Feet per Roll          Price per Roll
Roll of Drip Tape                             8 mil               7500                  $145.00
Roll of Layflat                                4"                  300                  $240.00

Fixed Costs

Input/Item                                    Unit              Cost/Unit               Quantity
Drip Tape                                     foot                         $0.02         6223
Tube Fittings                                 piece                        $1.80           18
Layflat Supply Tube                           foot                         $0.80          174
Manifold (Valves, filter, etc.)                                          $350.00            1
Pump                                                                     $800.00            1
Installation Labor                            hour                         $8.00           30
                                  Totals

Annual Operating Costs
                                                           Pump Fuel Use Rate Inches of Irrigation
                                                          (gal. H2O pumped per Applied per Acre
Item                                       Price/gallon          gal. fuel)        per Year
Fuel                                                $2.00         32000                8
                                            Price/hour          Hours/Year
Operating Labor                                     $8.00             8
                                  Totals

                                      Total               Per Acre                Per Acre Inch
Annual Fixed Costs                        $3,242.45               $162.12               $20.27
Annual Operating Costs                     $335.54                 $16.78                $2.10
Total Annual Cost                             $3,577.99                   $178.90               $22.36
Enter information from green-highlighted cells into crop budget.
ations Based on Tape Flow Rate
                 Hours to Apply
                   0.25 Inch         GPM/ acre
                      8.3              13.69
                      5.3              21.16
                      4.0              28.00
                      2.7              41.69




                                                      Total Annual   Annual Cost per
               Useful Life (years)    Total Cost          Cost           Acre
                        1                $2,406.17         $2,406.17         $120.31
                        5                   $640.07          $128.01           $6.40
                        5                $2,791.31           $558.26          $27.91
                        5                   $350.00           $70.00           $3.50
                       10                   $800.00           $80.00           $4.00
                                            $240.00          $240.00          $12.00
                                         $6,987.55         $3,242.45         $162.12



                Gallons of H2O       Total Annual     Cost per Acre
               Applied per Year          Cost           per Year
                   4344640                  $271.54            $13.58

                                            $64.00             $3.20
                                           $335.54            $16.78

				
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