Latest Cost Studies

  • Fresas [pdf]
    2019: Santa Cruz/Monterey/San Benito Counties
    Organic, Fresh Market
  • Lettuce [pdf]
    2019: Santa Cruz/Monterey/San Benito Counties
    Romaine Hearts
  • Beef [pdf]
    2019: Madera/Fresno Counties
    Cow/Calf Production, (200 Head), Owned and Rented Pasture
  • Blackberries [pdf]
    2018: Santa Cruz/Monterey/San Benito Counties
    Primocane bearing, Fresh Market
  • Prunes [pdf]
    2018: Sacramento Valley
    French variety, establishment and production
  • Walnuts [pdf]
    2018: Sacramento Valley
    Establishment and Production, Chandler variety
  • Sunflowers [pdf]
    2018: Sacramento Valley
    Hybrid Seed Production, Sub-surface Drip Irrigation
  • Pears [pdf]
    2018: Yolo/Sacramento Counties
    Sacramento River Delta, Green Bartlett

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Estudios Actuales

These are the most recent cost and return studies for a broad range of commodities produced in California. Studies can be sorted by commodity, production region, or county within California. All studies are available in pdf format. Selected studies are also available in spreadsheet format.

Estudios Archivados

Archived cost and return studies either have been replaced with more recent studies for the same commodity and production region, or they are more than five years old. Studies date back to 1931.

Tree and Vine Loss Calculators

These spreadsheets calculate the value of a single tree or vine lost to any cause. Calculators are available for each major tree and vine crop produced in CA, both with or without replacement of the tree or vine. The user can vary the yield, price, age when lost, orchard spacing, and other factors.

Conservation Practice Studies

Cost studies for nine alternative conservation practices used on the Central Coast are available in pdf format. Each study details the associated costs for installation, operation, and maintenance and the expected benefits for the conservation practice.

Cow/Calf Budget Calculators

These worksheets contain budgets for cow/calf production for winter hay feeding or winter pasture. The user can vary the costs of inputs, number of head, and prices to compare alternative management strategies.