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Summer Fallow in North Dakota - An Economic View

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Title: Summer Fallow in North Dakota - An Economic View
Author: Johnson, Roger G.; Ali, Mir B.
Description: The article gives us a look into fam land in 1979 being allowed to set idle or fallowed in North Dakota. 6.3 million acres set fallow that year during the summer time. This has several benefits such as increased yields due to a greater supply of moisture and nitrogen to a subsequent crop, stability in production, distribution of the work load and weed control. The cost of fallowing is the loss of production for a year and the cost of fallow tillage. Losses in soil productivity, mainly through soil erosion or acceleration of saline seep development which in turn increase water pollution can be regarded as one of the long term costs of this system. The economic benefits of summer fallow are short-term and accrue to farmers, while some cost of fallowing are long term and accrue to society. This paper evaluates wheat summer fallow cropping systems within an economic framework from the short term perspectives of the farmer. Areas focused upon are relative yields, the price of wheat, the price of nitrogen fertilizer and income variability, Low yields, low crop prices and high nitrogen prices all favor the fallow system.
Date: 1981
Subject: Economics
Crop production
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5399

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