[Market-farming] time budget info for various field crops?

Andy Fellenz artisanfarms at gmail.com
Sun Jan 12 10:40:10 EST 2014

Take a look at this compilation of links to various extension developed
crop budgets:  http://nevegetable.org/cultural-practices/crop-budgets


On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM, Kathryn Kerby <kakerby at aol.com> wrote:

>     I am looking for something which maybe doesn’t exist.  A table of
> estimated or averaged manhours required for different kinds of veggie
> crops.  For instance, something which would list the approximate manhours
> required to take tomatoes from seeding through harvest, on a per-plant or
> per-row-foot or per-square-foot basis.  I know there are a lot of
> variables, such as whether stuff is direct-seeded vs transplanted, whether
> each step is done manually or via machinery, and probably a lot of stuff I
> haven’t even thought of.  But maybe something like this exists?  I’ve been
> doing Google searches on phrases like “time budget for vegetable crops” but
> keep coming up with hits for enterprise budgets, ie, how much money was
> spent on seeds and fertilizer and so on.  Not what I’m looking for.
> I’m asking for several related reasons.  First, we’re trying to decide
> whether to add any additional crops to our existing work schedule for the
> year.  Also, we’re wondering if there is some kind of comparison between
> crops, such that if we wanted to add a few more, we could choose based (in
> part) on how much manpower they’d require, versus how much time we can give
> that new crop.  Maybe tomatoes would be too time-intensive, but perhaps
> onions wouldn’t.  I also would like to compare the limited manhours info I
> have for crops we’ve done in the past, versus how much manhours those same
> crops required other farms.  See if we’re taking more time than is really
> needed, on X crop.  If we’re spending five times more man hours in the
> field on squash, compared to some kind of national average, it would be
> nice to learn that so we can figure out why.
> Anyone have any resources they could point me towards?  Thanks all………….
> Kathryn Kerby
> Frogchorusfarm.com
> Snohomish, WA
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