Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-328-01) 26 pp

September 2008

Vegetables and Melons Outlook: September 2009

Vegetable and melon production requires a substantial investment in production inputs. Using data from USDA's Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), this article presents and explores the major expense components of specialized U.S. and regional vegetable and melon farms during 1998-2006. Total cash expenses per acre for specialized U.S. vegetable and melon farms increased 32 percent between 1998-2000 and 2004-06 and were highest in the West and lowest in the Midwest. Labor accounted for 30 percent of U.S. cash expenses, followed by fertilizer and agricultural chemicals at 18 percent.

Keywords: Vegetables, costs, production expense, labor, fertilizer, fuel, interest, seed, sales class, regions

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