Hot Peppers (Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero, Cayenne) Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $2200 per acre
Market Outlets Wholesale grocery stores, food services, farmers markets, roadside, processing
Market Potential Good but limited
Yield Potential 10,000- 20,000 lbs/acre
Profit Potential $0 to $1,500 per acre
Adapted Areas Statewide
Labor Requirements 2- 3 man-days per acre during harvest- machine harvest potential
Equipment Requirements Tractor, shredder, fertilizer applicator, disk, bedder, cultivater, insect/disease sprayer, herbicide sprayer, irrigation system (harvester- optional)
Soil Requirements Sandy or loam
Water Requirements High – 25- 30 inches/season (2 to 3 inches weekly) of high quality water
Minimum Size 1 acre (20 acres for processing)
Risk Factor Moderate
Other Limiting Factors Labor availability, high labor and water requirements, viruses, insects and diseases.
Comments Processing contracts often available but need to be signed prior to planting. High nutrient demand. Transplanting is an option.

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