ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THREE TOMATO PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Fresh tomatoes grown under three production cropping systems at the Rutgers University's Snyder Research and Extension Farm were compared for differences in yields, gross returns, production costs, and net returns. Maximum marketable yields were obtained using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems, followed closely by the conventional system. Marketable yields of the organic plots were only 55% of the conventional yield. However, the organic plots yielded only 21% jumbos whereas the IPM plots yielded 7% jumbos. Over half of the organic tomatoes were U.S. number ones, while only about one third of the tomatoes from the other two systems were U.S. number one grade. Organic plots had higher chemical costs, higher labor costs, and lower net returns than the other two systems. Both the conventional and IPM systems had relatively the same net returns.
Brumfield, R.G., Adelaja, F.E. and Reiners, S. (1995). ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THREE TOMATO PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. Acta Hortic. 340, 255-260