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Sacramento Valley walnut economic analysis available

A new cost-of-production study for walnuts grown in the Sacramento Valley is now available from University of California Cooperative Extension.

The analysis is based upon a hypothetical farm using common practices in the region. Farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates provided input and reviews.

The study is based on current costs and includes a description of the costs for individual field operations, material inputs, and cash and non-cash overhead. A “ranging analysis” table shows profits over a range of prices and yields. Other tables show monthly cash costs, costs and returns per acre, hourly equipment costs, and whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs.

Sample Costs to Establish a Walnut Orchard and Produce Walnuts is available from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 and from local UC Cooperative Extension offices. The publication is available for downloading from the department Web site at Or it can be requested by calling (530) 752-1515 or (530) 752-3589.

The study was prepared by Richard P. Buchner, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tehama and Shasta counties; John P. Edstrom, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Colusa County; Janine K. Hasey, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Sutter and Yuba counties; William H. Krueger, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Glenn County; William H. Olson, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Butte County; Wilbur O. Reil, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Yolo and Solano counties; Karen M. Klonsky, UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and Richard L. De Moura, research associate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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