Staff Research Associate
As an Economic Crop Analyst, Don updates the Economic Crop Studies on agricultural crops grown throughout the State. The studies provide information on the expected costs, yields, revenue, and net returns on a per acre basis for a specific commodity and a given county or region of California based on a specific hypothetical, well-managed farm enterprise. The studies include multiple tables and a narrative explaining the assumptions and management practices. Various computer programs are used to complete these reports such as Budget Planner and Excel. UCCE Farm Advisors, farmers, equipment and chemical companies, local cooperators and Ag lenders and appraisers are contacted to obtain data to update these cost studies. The crop studies are available on the UC Agricultural Resource Economics Dept. website, http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu/current.php.