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In a Nutshell
• Three farmers provided enterprise
budgets for cucumber production in
• Cucumbers were grown in a heated
greenhouse (Ann Franzenburg), an unheated
high tunnel (Emma Johnson),
and an open field (Jan Libbey).
• Franzenburg, Johnson, and Libbey also
provided enterprise budgets for year
one of this study in 2015.
Key Findings
• Labor was the largest expense for
Johnson and Libbey, accounting for
74% and 94% of their total expenses,
respectively. Labor was only 40% of
Franzenburg’s costs.
• Labor breakdown by task differed at
each farm. The largest tasks on each
farm, measured in hours, were: pruning
and trellising at Franzenburg, field
maintenance at Johnson, and harvesting
and packing at Libbey.
• Production in the greenhouse at Franzenburg’s
provided highest yield (lb
fruit/ft2) and number of fruit per ft2.
• Among the three farms, outdoor production
at Libbey’s had the highest net
income per pound.

December 6, 2016 


Have you thought about hiring farm employees but feel confused or unsure where to start? This farminar is for you.Learn from two farmers about their experiences hiring farm laborers across the spectrum, from H-2A visa holders and migrant seasonal contractor crews, to regular part-time workers and full-time employees. Listen in as the farmers ask questions of experts from each regulatory agency that Iowa farmers will need to work with in order to be legally compliant farm employers.

April 2, 2013 


Beginners, learn how to be an excellent employee and learn the most on the job this summer. Farmer employers, hear how farmers make time for a better learning experience for employees.

March 26, 2013 


Practical Farmers of Iowa field day will focus on ways to save labor, increase efficiency on a market farm July 15, near Decorah (Winneshiek County) For Release: July 5, 2012 Download PDF (132 KB) View Fullscreen

July 5, 2012