Feasibility of a cooperative operated lima bean fresh cut pack line
Wolfe, Kent L.
Reynolds, A. Estes
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This study examines all the relevant economic issues surrounding the likely success of fresh packing beans in Georgia. A butter (lima) bean enterprise budget has been added to the report in order to evaluate the costs associated with the production of the beans. Currently, very few acres of lima beans are being grown in the 5 county area. These counties have similar resources for planting vegetables. Growing vegetables in this region should be relatively easy. These counties have strong history in row cropping, providing them with farming experience. Center pivot irrigation remains in these counties and is under utilized. Certain vegetables can grow with center pivot watering depending on soil compaction or disruption of the droplets. Row crop prices have diminished the last five years and alternative crops need to be considered. Vegetable production would provide an opportunity to diversify the agricultural economy with a high value per acre commodity. This study begins with the potential market and finishes with the economic feasibility results.