Specialty Crops Economics

Washington state farmers produce a diverse set of crops in a region equally diverse in climate, soil, transportation, and other resources. WSU economists have consistently met the challenge to provide the necessary expertise to support the agricultural community.

 

Apples (on tree fruit page)
Agritourism
Asparagus
Cherries (on tree fruit page)
Cooperative Financing
Hay
Hops
Mint
Potatoes
Wine and Concord Grapes

Apples and Other Tree Fruits

Please see Tree Fruit Economics page

Agritourism

TitleAuthorDateLink
Profile of the Agritourism Industry in Washington StateGalinato,  Galinato, Chouinard, Wandschneider  2010pdf

Asparagus

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Estimated Costs and Returns for Establishing and Producing Asparagus in Washington in 2009Neibergs, Waters  2009pdf
Asparagus Production Budget WorkbookNeibergs, Waters  2009excel
Mechanical Asparagus Harvesting Economic AnalysisNeibergs, Clary, ReadAugust 2009Web page,
EB1958: Alternatives to Manual SortingBall,FolwellJune 2003pdf
Establishment and Annual Production Costs for Washington Asparagus in 2001Ball,Folwell,Holmes  2001pdf
Asparagus ResearchBallWeb page
Field Research ProjectsWeb page
Web AlbumWeb page
Asparagus Research, Selective Machine HarvesterWeb page
Selective Harvester June 2003Web page
Selective Harvester TrialsWeb page
Simulation of Harvesting Asparagus: Mechanical vs. ManualWeb page
Asparagus Harvester EvaluationWeb page
Final Report Asparagus Harvester TrialsWeb page
Economics of Alternative Simulated Manual Asparagus Harvesting StrategiesWeb page
Alternatives to Manual Sorting Using Selected Electronic Graders in Asparagus Fresh Packing Sheds: a Cost-Benefit Analysis,Web page

Cooperative Financing

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Options in Financing Agribusiness Cooperatives:: AE 02-4: Research Findings and ConclusionsWeb page
The Changing Dynamics of Grain Cooperatives in Eastern Washington: EB 1985EWeb page

Hay

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2008 Pacific Northwest Hay Market and Export Review and Outlook Report  2009pdf
Alfalfa reports, management guides, and budgetsNeibergsMarch 2010Web page

Hops

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2010 Estimated Cost of Producing Hops in the Yakima Valley, Washington StateGalinato, George, Hinman  2010pdf

Mint

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The Contribution of the Mint Industry to Washington's EconomyGalinato, White, Tozer,  GallardoJanuary 2014pdf

Potatoes

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Potatoes for the Fresh Market: The Costs of Growing and Packing: AE 02-8Web page
EB1906pdf
EB2015E: 2001 Cost of Producing Processing & Fresh Potatoes Under Center Pivot. Updated 2006,Columbia Basin, WA.pdf
The Economic Impact of Potatoes in Washington State: EB1925pdf
The Economic Impact of a Possible Irrigation-Water Shortage in Odessa Sub-basin Potato Production and Processing: (June 2005)pdf
The Minimum Wage and Washington Competitiveness in the Potato Industry: ,1999E, (Sept. 2005)pdf
The Economic Impact of Potatoes in Washington State: EB1953E (July 2006); replaces EB1925 and XB1039.Web page

Wine and Concord Grapes

TitleAuthorDateLink
Contribution of the Grape and Wine Industry to Idaho's Economy: Foltz, J., S. Woodall, P. Wandschneider, R. Taylor. 2007. The : Agribusiness and Tourism Impacts. J. of Agribusiness, 25(Spring):77-91.Foltz  2007Web page
Small Winery Investment and Operating CostsFickle, Folwell, Ball, ClaryAugust 2005Web page
Small Winery Investment and Operating Costs, August 2005Fickle, Folwell, Ball, Clary  2005pdf
Establishment and Production Costs for Washington Concord GrapesBall, Folwell, Watson, KellerFebruary 2004Web page
EB1965: Establishment and Production Costs for Washington Concord GrapesBall, Folwell, Watson, KellerFebruary 2004pdf
XB0997E: Bulk Winery Investment and Operating Costs, reviewed 2004.Folwell, Castaldi  2004pdf
XB1015E: Marketing Washington Wines at the Wholesale Level, reviewed 2004.Grassel, Folwell  2004pdf
XB1035E: Production and Marketing Risks Associated with Wine Grapes in WashingtonFolwell, Gebers, Wample, Aegerter, Bales  2003pdf
Wine Grape Establishment and Production Costs in Washington, 2003Ball, Folwell  2003pdf
Production and Marketing Risks Associated with Wine Grapes in WashingtonFolwell, Gebers, Wample, Aegerter, Bales  2003Web page
Wine Grape Establishment and Production Costs in Washington, 2003Ball, Folwell  2003Web page
Summary of Ray Folwell's Wine Industry ResearchFolwellDecember 2001Web page
Ext. Bul. 1588: Establishment and Annual Production Costs for Washington Wine Grapes, 1999Folwell, Cifarelli  1999pdf
Concord Grape Establishment and Production Costs in Washington, 1996Aegerter, Folwell  1996pdf

Contact Info

Mike Brady

Email Address:
bradym@wsu.edu

Office Location:
Hulbert 203E
Phone: (509) 335-0979

Karina Gallardo

Email Address:
karina_gallardo@wsu.edu

Office Location:
Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Kalkus 109
Phone: (253) 445-4584

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