US (IA): Enterprise budget for cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are popular with consumers, but are also a labor-intensive crop. In 2017, farmers at two farms each completed an enterprise budget to determine if the labor expense required for cherry tomatoes made sense for their farm. Both farms showed that cherry tomatoes were a profitable crop, but one of the farms, Eric and Ann Franzenburg of Pheasant Run Farm, decided that they could better use the space and labor time on crops that had higher profit potential, and dropped their cherry tomato production. The other farm, Emma and Marcus Johnson of Buffalo Ridge Orchard, went the other way; increasing their cherry tomato production, and opting to report a second year of enterprise budget data for cherry tomatoes. The Johnsons were joined in a study by Derek Roller and Molly Schintler of Echollective Farm.

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