New cost study for English walnuts released by Agricultural Issues Center

Nov 16, 2015
A new study on the cost and return of growing English walnuts has been released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center.
The study focuses on establishing an orchard and producing walnuts under microsprinkler irrigation in the Sacramento Valley. 

Handful Unshelled English Walnuts
The economic life of the orchard used in this cost analysis is 30 years. The analysis is based upon a hypothetical farm operation of a well-managed orchard, using practices common to the region. Growers, UC ANR Cooperative Extension farm advisors and other agricultural associates provided input and reviews. Assumptions used to identify current costs for the walnut crop, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead are described. A ranging analysis table shows profits over a range of prices and yields. Other tables show the monthly cash costs, the costs and returns per acre, hourly equipment costs, and the whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs.

The new study is titled 2015 Sample Costs to Establish and Produce English Walnuts in the Sacramento Valley, Microsprinkler Irrigated.”

This study and other sample cost of production studies for many commodities are available. They can be downloaded for free from the UC Davis Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics website at

For additional information or an explanation of the calculations used in the studies, contact Don Stewart at the UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center at (530) 752-4651 or

By Pamela Kan-Rice
Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach