Eastern Broccoli Crop Budgets
Atallah, Shady S.; Gomez, Miguel I.
This bulletin presents the sample costs to produce broccoli crowns in the states of New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and California. The agricultural production systems are described briefly and the cost assumptions explained. Costs are broken down by stage of production and type of costs for the baseline yield and price. A ranging analysis considers yield and price values below and above the baseline. The practices described are based on production procedures reported for broccoli in each growing region. The cost studies presented follow similar formats of those developed at the University of California, Davis1 and Clemson University.2 However, the content is more aggregated to focus on the cost items that are likely to differ among broccoli production regions in the United States. This cost study may be used as a guide in preparing budgets and determining potential returns based on market input and output prices. Projections in this report will vary for each grower and region due to differences in farm management, soils, weather, input and output prices and cultural practices. For that reason, a “Your Costs” column is included next to sample costs for each cost item to allow entry of case-specific figures. The main assumptions on production practices and cost calculations are described in the following section. Cultural practices are a sample of production practices in each study region. They are not recommendations and are not endorsed by Cornell University. For additional information or explanation please contact the authors S. S. Atallah and M. I. Gómez at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University.