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Profits, Soil Erosion, and Risk

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Title: Profits, Soil Erosion, and Risk
Author: Thingelstad, Carey; Nelson, William C.
Description: The competitive nature of agriculture has produced much of the soil erosion in the United States. Produce at a profit of go under. Many short term techniques have been utilized to address soil erosion in the US such as grass waterways, terraces, tree lines and contour strip cropping. These measures reduce the profit margin and, thus, were not in use by many farmers. Technological advancements in the early 1980s aided in making soil conservation a much more profitable venture for many. change occurs when there are incentives via technological advancements. The chemical industry, too, introduced improved herbicides that would be a substitute for tillage. Farm equipment was improved to reduce tillage and planting costs. The addition of winter wheat and sunflowers to the regular crop rotation expanded the crop options in eastern North Dakota. Findings from a study are presented in this article regarding the analysis of alternative crop management systems and their various impacts upon profitability, their risks and their effect on soil erosion. Those existing crop management systems at this time could improve profit and reduce soil loss with the possible reduction to profits. farmers were hesitant to invest in new technologies that were not proven successes. At this writing, the research of new crop management systems was still in it's infancy. Physical and financial risks were increased by both adopting new technology and new crop management systems. In order for improvements to soil conservation to be fully utilized, farmers must be presented with fully operational results, data and methods that suffice the 'bottom line', profits and staying solvent.
Date: 1985
Subject: Economics
Farm management
Soil erosion
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5644

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