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Varietal Differences in Minituber Production Costs
- Guenthner, Joseph F., Charkowsi, Amy, Genger, Ruth, Greenway, Gina
- American journal of potato research 2014 v.91 no.4 pp. 376-379
- labor, operating costs, production costs, production technology, seed tubers, Wisconsin
- Minitubers have become important components of seed potato production systems. Minituber production methods and yields affect costs. We used data from the University of Wisconsin seed potato program to estimate minituber production costs by variety in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Labor is identified as the most significant operating cost, while salaries represent the greatest fixed cost. The 3 year average total cost per minituber across all varieties was estimated at $0.47. Of the varieties grown in all 3 years of analysis Langlade had the highest average yield and lowest cost. Yukon Gold and Pike had the lowest yields and highest costs.