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Soil Carbon Sequestration Strategies with Alternative Tillage and Nitrogen Sources under Risk


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  • Dustin L. Pendell
  • Jeffery R. Williams
  • Scott B. Boyles
  • Charles W. Rice
  • Richard G. Nelson


This study examines the economic potential of using either no-tillage or conventional tillage with either commercial nitrogen or cattle manure to sequester soil in continuous corn production. This research uses stochastic efficiency with respect to a function to determine the preferred production systems under various risk preferences and utility-weighted certainty equivalent risk premiums to determine the carbon credit values needed to motivate adoption of systems, which sequester higher levels of carbon. The results indicate that no-tillage and cattle manure increase carbon sequestration. Carbon credits or government program incentives are not required to entice risk-averse managers to use no-tillage, but are required to encourage manure use as a means of sequestering additional carbon even at historically high nitrogen prices. New environmental rules for confined animal feeding operations may increase the demand for land to apply manure as a primary nutrient source and participation in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Security Program, and a carbon credit market to obtain payments to offset some or all of the costs of manure application. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal Review of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 247-268

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Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:29:y:2007:i:2:p:247-268

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  3. Nickerson, Cynthia J. & Ribaudo, Marc & Higgins, Nathaniel, 2010. "The Farm Act's Regional Equity Provision: Impacts on Conservation Program Outcomes," Economic Research Report 95452, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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  6. Williams, Jeffery R. & Llewelyn, Richard V. & Pendell, Dustin L. & Schlegel, Alan J. & Troy, Dumler, 2009. "A Risk Analysis of Converting CRP Acres to a Wheat-Sorghum-Fallow Rotation," 2009 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia 45985, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  7. Williams, Jeffery R. & Pachta, Matthew J. & Roozeboom, Kraig L. & Llewelyn, Richard V. & Claassen, Mark M. & Bergtold, Jason S., 2012. "Risk Analysis of Tillage and Crop Rotation Alternatives with Winter Wheat," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 44(04), November.
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  10. Lyman, Nathaniel & Nalley, Lawton Lanier, 2013. "Stochastic Valuation of Hybrid Rice Technology in Arkansas," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 142505, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.


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