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Ripe tomato sitting on dollar bills

Developing an operating budget can help keep your tomato operation profitable. Refer to the sample budgets in this section to get started.

N.C. State University has developed and compiled sample operating budgets to guide North Carolina tomato growers in tracking, maintaining and managing their business costs. The documents provided below help estimate the operating expenses associated with the production, harvest and marketing for commercial tomato operations. Costs can vary greatly depending on the operation.

Extension agents and growers are able to estimate production costs and returns by entering cost estimates into these sample budgets. The budgets are separated by eastern and western North Carolina due to the differing growing conditions and associated production costs for growers in each region.

Contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent with questions or to request more information regarding North Carolina tomatoes.

Estimated Budget

Tomatoes, Fresh Market, Staked: Cost of Producing, Harvesting and Marketing Field Grown Tomatoes in the Southeastern United States (2012)

2021 Tomato Budget: estimated cost and returns per acre

Additional Budgets

The following resources are not North Carolina-specific; however, they contain budget information that N.C. growers may find valuable.

Budget for Greenhouse Tomatoes
This is a comprehensive sample greenhouse tomato production budget from Mississippi State University. Growers will also find detailed explanations of the costs and resources involved in maintaining a greenhouse tomato operation.

Projected Costs for Selected Louisiana Vegetable Crops – 2007 Season
Cost budgets are reported for 20 vegetable crops as combinations of crop, machinery size and market channel. Each cost budget is supplemented with a table where net return is calculated over a range of prices and yields.

Staked Tomatoes: Kentucky Estimated per Acre Costs and Returns for 2001
This operating budget accounts for fixed and variable costs. The returns are based on yield and price assumptions.

Reviewed and updated by Jeanine Davis on 10/3/2022.

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Written By

Aubrey EttingerExtension Associate for Nutrition Email Aubrey Kannapolis Research
NC State Extension, NC State University

Contributing Author

Jeanine Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jeanine DavisExtension Specialist, Herbs / Organics / Specialty Crops / Vegetables / Hemp Call Dr. Jeanine Email Dr. Jeanine Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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