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Effects of manure use and use restrictions on variable production costs and net incomes for United States corn producers

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http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/55064
Abstract:
We utilize a treatment effects model to examine if there are differences in costs/profits for manure-using corn producers versus non-users. We find that manure users have lower per-acre operating costs via reductions in fertilizer and soil conditioner costs; however, the use of manure reduces grain yields and ultimately leads to no difference in profit. Separate results indicate that manure-use restrictions do not affect costs or profits; thus policies could be in place to regulate manure usage without impacting the costs/profit structure of the farm.
Author(s):
Beckman, Jayson , Livingston, Michael
Subject(s):
Zea mays , animal manures , corn , farm structure , fertilizer application , fertilizers , grain yield , income , models , operating costs , profits and margins , soil conditioners , variable costs , United States
Note:
Includes references
Source:
Journal of agricultural and applied economics 2012 Feb., v. 44, no. 1
Language:
English
Year:
2012
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.