UC research breaks down prices of rising natural strawberries – Meals Weblog


Thinking about commercially rising natural strawberries on the Central Coast?

To assist potential and present growers consider monetary feasibility, the University of California has estimated prices to provide and harvest natural strawberries for contemporary market in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.

“This revise of the final cost-of-production research incorporates the latest in labor prices together with updates on cultural strategies,” stated research co-author Mark Bolda, UC Cooperative Extension strawberries and caneberries advisor in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.

The new research, “Sample Costs to Produce and Harvest Organic Strawberries within the Central Coast Region-2022,” has been launched by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The evaluation is predicated on a hypothetical well-managed natural strawberry farm utilizing practices widespread to the area, however the prices, supplies and practices proven on this research won’t apply to all farms. Growers, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors and specialists, pest management advisers and others supplied enter and reviewed the strategies and findings of the research.

“Current growers can use it as a baseline to match with their very own value and returns estimates to ensure they’ve an correct image of the profitability of their natural strawberry enterprise,” stated co-author Brittney Goodrich, UC Cooperative Extension agricultural economics specialist. “Many agricultural lenders use these research as a baseline to find out whether or not to approve working or funding mortgage requests from present and potential strawberry growers.”

The researchers assume a farm operation dimension of 30 contiguous acres of rented land, with strawberries are planted on 27 acres. The research features a listing of appropriate strawberry varieties for the area, however no particular selection is used within the research. The crop is harvested by hand and packed into trays containing eight 1-pound clamshells from April via early October, with peak harvest in June via August.

The authors describe the assumptions used to establish present prices for manufacturing materials inputs and money and non-cash overhead. Ranging evaluation tables present web income over a variety of costs and yields. Other tables present the month-to-month money prices, the prices and returns per acre, hourly tools prices, and the entire farm annual tools, funding and enterprise overhead prices.

The research’s expanded part on labor contains info on California’s new minimal wage and time beyond regulation legal guidelines.

“It’s reached a wider viewers this time via displays of the fabric to college students at Cal Poly [San Luis Obispo] and in addition a gaggle of USDA officers on the California Strawberry Commission,” stated Bolda.

“All of this simply underlines the worth of those research to California growers and others working in agriculture,” Bolda stated.

Free copies of this research and different pattern value of manufacturing research for a lot of commodities can be found. To obtain the associated fee research, go to the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics web site at https://coststudies.ucdavis.edu.

This value and returns research was funded by the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.