Specialty Crops

Missouri Specialty Crop Budgets

Specialty crop production remains an important part of Missouri Agriculture and represents a key area for value added growth. In support of planning economically viable growth in this sector, FAPRI with the help of Missouri Extension Specialists has begun the development of fruit and vegetable costs of production budgets. These budgets are not based on surveyed data. Instead they are based on common production practices, input use, and the price of those inputs. Growers should use these budgets as a guide for costs and returns and adjust them to their specific conditions. While specialty crop production can be very profitable especially relative to row crops, there can be long periods of investment before returns are realized and all specialty crops are labor intensive.

Many of these budgets were adapted from enterprise budgets produced in other states. Input prices and specialty crop prices have been updated to the extent possible. Preparation of these budgets is an ongoing learning process, and FAPRI – with the help of Missouri Extension Specialists and Missouri growers – plans to continue to expand, update, and adjust these budgets as needed. 

The budgets are available as downloadable Microsoft Excel files to facilitate their direct use by current and prospective producers of specialty crops.

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Reports

Executive Summary – The Economic Viability of Expanding Fresh and Processed Fruit and Vegetable Production in Missouri

Part 1 – The Economic Viability of Expanding Fresh and Processed Fruit and Vegetable Production in Missouri – Interview Summaries, Marketing, Outlook, and Next Steps

Part 2 – The Economic Viability of Expanding Fresh and Processed Fruit and Vegetable Production in Missouri – Fruit and Vegetable Processing

Part 3 – Missouri Specialty Crop Marketing and Enterprise Budgets: A Commercial Grower’s Guide


2020 Budgets

Fruit
     Apples
     Blackberries
     Blueberries
     Cantaloupe
     Elderberry
     Peaches
     Strawberries

 

Vegetable
     Asparagus
     Bell Peppers
     Broccoli
     Carrots
     Cucumber
     Eggplant
     Garlic
     Green Beans
     Leafy Greens
     Okra
     Onions
     Potatoes
     Pumpkins
     Squash (Summer)
     Squash (Winter)
     Sweet Corn
     Sweet Potato
     Tomato
     Watermelon
     Watermelon Seedless

 

High Tunnel
     Bell Peppers
     Cucumbers
     Head Lettuce
     High Tunnel Cost of Construction
     Leafy Greens
     Radishes, Beets, & Carrots
     Spinach
     Strawberries
     Tomatoes