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2013 Vegetable and Melon Budgets


The Vegetable & Melon budgets include 18 common vegetable and melon crops grown in Kentucky. They include: Broccoli, Green Cabbage, Cucumbers-Fresh Market, Cucumbers-Trellised Fresh Market, Eggplant, Muskmelon, Okra, Bell Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Potatoes-Fresh Market, Pumpkins, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweetpotato, Staked Tomatoes, Seedless Watermelons, and Seeded Watermelons.

About the budgets

The budgets reside in a Microsoft Excel file "2013vegmelon.xlsx". The user is able to change the default information in the budgets to reflect their production practices in order to generate a budget that is representative of their own situation. The budgets are meant to serve as a management and decision-making guide for current and prospective producers of these enterprises. The budgets are not intended to replace a producer's own records and estimates. Producers are strongly encouraged to adapt these budgets to their specific situation. In the absence of such data, however, these budgets can serve as a reasonably accurate cost and income guide.

UK budget estimates are based on the best and most accurate input cost information and crop price projections available at the time of release. Further, costs and returns are based on production practices and yield levels thought to be representative of typical growers in Kentucky given normal growing conditions. This publication allows producers to change prices and quantities for easy adaptation of the budgets to their own farming situation.

Because price, cost, and yield expectations change over time, and because each producer will have unique cost, production, and management levels, these budgets can serve only as a general cost and return guide.

Downloading and saving the budgets

To download the Vegetable & Melon Budgets, click here. With most browsers, you will get a choice of saving it to your hard drive or opening it. Save it to a folder of your choosing on your hard drive. If your browser opens the file without asking you whether to open it or to save it, right click on the link and select "Save Target As" to save the file to your hard drive.

Using the budgets

Cells containing blue numbers are input cells and are the only cells you can change. Cells containing formulas and text cannot be manipulated without removing the sheet protection (see next paragraph below). Also, remember that enterprise budgets are calculated on a PER ACRE basis. Therefore, costs that are expressed on a per acre basis have the quantity column fixed at 1 acre.

Users who desire to change budget formats or formulas must remove sheet protection first. Also, to add or delete worksheets, the workbook protection must be removed. The password to remove sheet or workbook protection is uk.

To navigate from one enterprise budget to the next, click on the tab at the bottom of the screen that has the specific enterprise name on it. This will take you to that particular enterprise budget. Use the arrows to the left of the tabs to navigate to the beginning or end of the list of enterprise budgets. You can also use the navigation buttons (hyperlinks) on the Table of Contents sheet to move to specific budgets; a Return to Table of Contents button is located on each spreadsheet.

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