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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Estimating the Economic Benefits of Uniformity-Improving Capital Investments in Irrigated Crop Enterprises: Implications for Producer Profits and Resource Conservation

Authors
item Vickner, S - UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
item Hoag, Dana - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Frasier, W - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Ascough, James

Submitted to: Farm Bureau Members National Convention
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 1999
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: A dynamic optimization model is constructed to serve as a decision support tool to better understand corn production and nitrate leaching processes. Center-pivot irrigated, continuous corn on a sandy loam soil is chosen as the agricultural system to be modeled and is considered a leaching "hot spot." Baseline scenarios representing a range of typical producer behaviors are developed. The impacts of two classes of policies, optimal farm planning/taxes and limits on polluting activities, are assessed on farm profit and nitrate leaching.

Technical Abstract: A dynamic optimization model is constructed to serve as a decision support tool to better understand corn production and nitrate leaching processes. Center-pivot irrigated, continuous corn on a sandy loam soil is chosen as the agricultural system to be modeled and is considered a leaching "hot spot." Baseline scenarios representing a range of typical producer behaviors are developed. The impacts of two classes of policies, optimal farm planning/taxes and limits on polluting activities, are assessed on farm profit and nitrate leaching.

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