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After completing two years of cucumber enterprise budgets, Ann Franzenburg and Emma Johnson looked at their farms and decided: “Let’s do cherry tomatoes.” For this enterprise budget, both farmers did a careful accounting of the revenue, costs, and labor for their 2017 cherry tomato crops. The analysis of their data, and their comments on varieties, […]

December 6, 2017 

BLOG POST

Two farmers provided enterprise
budgets for cherry tomato production
in 2017.
• Cherry tomatoes were grown in a
heated greenhouse (Ann Franzenburg),
and an unheated high tunnel (Emma
Johnson).
• Revenue and expenses, including a
breakdown of labor, was reported by
each farmer.
Key Findings
• Labor was the largest expense for both
Franzenburg and Johnson, accounting
for 62% and 68% of their total
expenses, respectively.
• Harvesting and packing was the most
time-consuming task on both farms,
accounting for 74% of labor-hours at
Franzenburg and 62% of labor-hours
at Johnson.
• Both farms had profitable cherry
tomato crops, netting $1.31/lb at Franzenburg
and $1.54/lb at Johnson.

December 5, 2017 

RESEARCH REPORT

In a Nutshell
• Three farmers provided enterprise
budgets for cucumber production in
2016.
• Cucumbers were grown in a heated
greenhouse (Ann Franzenburg), an unheated
high tunnel (Emma Johnson),
and an open field (Jan Libbey).
• Franzenburg, Johnson, and Libbey also
provided enterprise budgets for year
one of this study in 2015.
Key Findings
• Labor was the largest expense for
Johnson and Libbey, accounting for
74% and 94% of their total expenses,
respectively. Labor was only 40% of
Franzenburg’s costs.
• Labor breakdown by task differed at
each farm. The largest tasks on each
farm, measured in hours, were: pruning
and trellising at Franzenburg, field
maintenance at Johnson, and harvesting
and packing at Libbey.
• Production in the greenhouse at Franzenburg’s
provided highest yield (lb
fruit/ft2) and number of fruit per ft2.
• Among the three farms, outdoor production
at Libbey’s had the highest net
income per pound.

December 6, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

Three farmers provided enterprise
budgets for cucumber production.
• Cucumbers were grown in a heated
greenhouse (Ann Franzenburg), an unheated
high tunnel (Emma Johnson),
and an open field (Jan Libbey).
Key Findings
• Labor was the largest expense for all
farms, ranging from 56% of enterprise
expenses to 93%.
• Trellising and pruning were the biggest
labor task for Ann, while harvesting
and packing was the largest portion of
labor for Emma and Jan.
• Production in the heated greenhouse
at Ann’s provided highest yield (lb
fruit/ft2) and number of fruit per ft2,
and also the highest net income per ft2
and per fruit.
• Among the three farms, outdoor
production at Jan’s had the highest net
income per pound.

December 9, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Objectives: 1. Determine differences in enterprise budgets for cucumbers at three farms (two in structures, one outside). 2. Determine differences in labor efficiency for various tasks.

July 7, 2015 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Are you a fruit or vegetable farmer who’s been waiting for insurance options that might work for you? Two promising options are available in 2015: Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP).NAP, offered by Farm Services Agency (FSA), now provides 100 percent crop loss payback, with choices of crop loss threshold – a major improvement of past years. WFRP, offered by USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), is a new insurance program. Listen in as Kevin McClure of FSA and Mark Shilts of RMA provide an overview of the two insurance options, and then work through costs and benefits of a sample farm provided by Emma Johnson of Buffalo Ridge Orchard.

March 18, 2015 

FARMINAR

Practical Farmers of Iowa announces the newest class of beginning farmers enrolled in the Savings Incentive ProgramFor Release: November 27, 2013 Download PDF (145 kB) AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa has selected 21 beginning farmers to enroll into its Savings Incentive Program. This is the fourth round of enrollees, bringing the total number [...]

November 27, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE