NEWS RELEASE

UC Agricultural Issues Center has released an updated study on the costs and returns of producing transplanted processing tomatoes under sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI) in the Sacramento Valley & northern Delta.

The analysis is based upon a hypothetical well-managed farming operation using practices common to the region. The costs, materials, and practices shown in this study will not apply to all farms. Growers, UC ANR Cooperative Extension farm advisors, and other agricultural associates provided input and reviewed the methods and findings of the study.

The hypothetical 3,500 acre farm, focuses on production costs for growing transplanted processing tomatoes under sub-surface drip irrigation on 60” beds in the counties of San Joaquin and the lower Sacramento Valley.

The authors describe the assumptions used to identify current costs for production, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead. Ranging analysis tables show 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 new study is titled:“Sample Costs to Produce Processing Tomatoes, Sub-Surface Drip Irrigated (SDI) in the Sacramento Valley & Northern Delta – 2017”

Free copies of this study and other sample cost of production studies for many commodities are available. To download the cost studies, visit the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics website at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu.

The cost and returns program is funded by the UC Agricultural Issues Center, which is part of UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

For additional information or an explanation of the calculations used in the studies, contact the Agricultural Issues Center, Donald Stewart at (530) 752-4651, destewart@ucdavis.edu or Brenna Aegerter, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County at bjaegerter@ucanr.edu or Gene Miyao, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Yolo, Solano and Sacramento Counties at emmiyao@ucanr.edu