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Cropping-income impacts of management wastes to control soil loss

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Title: Cropping-income impacts of management wastes to control soil loss
Author: Fortin, Michael
Abstract: Certain crop management measures involving tillage practices and the choice of cropping systems can reduce erosion and help control resulting water quality problems. They may also impact net farm incomes by increasing production costs or reducing yields and sales revenues. These economic impacts are estimated in this report for the Avon River Basin using production cost data, crop price data and crop yield figures for Ontario. Published information on erosion control measures is combined with information acquired from agricultural workers in the Stratford area to develop estimates of likely impacts. While the impact figures are only approximate, they do provide background information to help evaluate and develop an agricultural program for water quality control . Notable findings are that: a) the use of short cash crop rotations to replace a corn monoculture system may be justifiable on economic grounds alone, b) conservation tillage based on the fall use of a chisel plow on silt loam soils may be economically prohibitive, c) cross-slope or contour till age can be usefully applied to only a limited portion of productive land in the Avon River Basin. The analysis presented here is partial in that benefits related to reduced soil loss and to lower sedimentation of drains are not assessed.
Date: 1982
Rights: Queen's Printer for Ontario, Crown Copyright, Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Queen's Printer for Ontario

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