Have You Checked Up on Vegetable Production Costs This Year?

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One of my favorite activities in the month of January, especially on the coldest days, is to check out the newest vegetable seed catalogs from my favorite companies. I like to look at all the new cultivars, check out new attributes such as disease resistance, and usually I get very excited thinking about the upcoming planting season. However, this year is a little different as those catalogs are not quite as fun to look at this year.

Most seed prices have increased considerably. Before you plan out your varieties of choice, or before you make the seed order, you may just want to pencil out the costs ahead of time this year.

I am also concerned that seed costs are not the only costs to be thinking about. Looking at the increased costs of many traditional inputs, it will be more important than ever to budget and plan for the upcoming vegetable production season. It may just be the difference between having a success or failure on the farm! Knowing what each specific vegetable crop will cost and weighing that against practical experience of what it will bring in may help you in deciding what to plant. It may be a good year to leave out some of the less profitable crops and consider planting the “more sure” alternatives.

If you would like assistance in making planting decisions, or planning for profitability in your vegetable production farming enterprise, I would like to remind you that we are here to help! Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Adam McCurry (adam_mccurry@ncsu.edu) our NC A&T Ag Technician. You can reach me by sending an email to david_davis@ncsu.edu, or by calling the Yancey County Center at (828) 682-6186.