Studies examine production costs

New studies showing costs of establishing and producing fresh-market oranges, nectarines, peaches and plums are now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

Each analysis is based upon hypothetical farm operations using practices common in the region. Input and reviews were provided by farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates.

Assumptions used to identify current costs for the individual crops, cultural and material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead are described. A ranging analysis table shows 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.

All cost-of-production studies are available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu, at UC Cooperative Extension offices or by calling 530-752-1515.

Avocado board elects officers

IRVINE, Calif. -- Don Reeder was elected chairman of the California Avocado Commission at its November board of directors meeting.

Ohannes Karaoghlanian will serve as vice chairman, with Bradley Miles as secretary and Ben Holtz as treasurer, according to a commission news release.

The elections filled five member positions and two handler positions this year. The commission board members serve two-year terms with the new members joining eight members already seated.

"I'm looking forward to working with the new CAC board," Reeder said. "The California avocado industry is forecasting a solid crop this coming season, and our primary focus will be to encourage avocado demand when our fruit is at its peak of availability and quality."

Ag Expo tickets available online

TULARE, Calif. -- Online attendee registration is now open for those who plan to attend World Ag Expo Feb. 9-11 at the International Agri-Center.

Visitors have the opportunity to register online or at the registration center after entering the grounds for the 43nd annual expo. The electronic registration system allows attendees to save time at the gate, according to an Expo press release.

Those registering online at worldagexpo.com through Feb. 1 will receive $2 off daily admission. In addition, all of those who register online will be automatically entered to win a new Yamaha Rhino, as well as other registration prizes.

World Ag Expo tickets are $10 online before Feb. 1 or $12 at the gate.

Those who register online will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire based on their demographic background and pay admission fees. A confirmation page can then be printed immediately, and an official admittance ticket will be mailed directly to the attendee.

Classes to cover how to plant

The University of California Cooperative Extension will offer a class on how to plant bare-root fruit trees, vegetables and berries Jan. 10 at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center.

The class will be taught from 6 to 7:30 p.m., by horticulturist Anne Schellman. Instruction will include how to prepare the soil, plant and care for a new garden.

The center is at 3800 Cornucopia Way Modesto.

Information: 209-525-6824 aschellman@ucdavis.edu.

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