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Farmer Nutrient Management Decisions: A Study of Farms in the Gully Creek Watershed in Southern Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Weersink, Alfons
dc.contributor.author Leslie, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-11T18:38:40Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-11T18:38:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-05
dc.date.created 2016-05-06
dc.date.issued 2016-05-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9667
dc.description.abstract In Ontario there has been increased concern regarding harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, phosphorus has been identified as the growth limiting agent. This research examines farmers’ individual nutrient management decisions to understand if the actual nutrient application rates are equal to the recommended NMAN rate (NE). I use two alternative nutrient rate criteria and a regression analysis to further examine nutrient application decisions. I use a unique data set from the Gully Creek watershed that contains farmers’ individual nutrient application decisions for phosphorus and nitrogen, spanning 2008 to 2013. In corn production, farmers were found to apply nitrogen below the NE, and phosphorus above the NE. In winter wheat production, farmers were found to apply both nitrogen and phosphorus above the NE. The regression analysis identified that larger farms, lower yielding fields, and the application of manure influence farmers’ decisions to apply nutrients in excess of the NE rate. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Great Lakes Region en_US
dc.subject Nutrient Management en_US
dc.subject Phosphorus en_US
dc.subject Empirical Analysis en_US
dc.subject Nutrient Management Act en_US
dc.subject Farmer Decision Making en_US
dc.title Farmer Nutrient Management Decisions: A Study of Farms in the Gully Creek Watershed in Southern Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US


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