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Prairie Crop Diversification


  • Smith, Elwin G.
  • Young, Douglas L.
  • Zentner, Robert P.


The Canadian prairies traditionally have been dominated by spring wheat production. Crop diversification is now being advocated to enhance farm-level risk management, ecological benefits, nutrient cycling, and pest and disease control, and to reduce the farm economy’s reliance on income from a single crop. There has always been interest in diversifying away from wheat, but until recently, economically feasible alternatives have been limited, and government policies may have constrained the shift to other crops. Knowing the impact of prices and policies on crop diversification is essential to understanding producer response and to determining strategies to enhance cropping diversity.

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  • Smith, Elwin G. & Young, Douglas L. & Zentner, Robert P., 2001. "Prairie Crop Diversification," CAFRI: Current Agriculture, Food and Resource Issues, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, issue 02.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:cafric:45695

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    1. Mike Massow & Alfons Weersink, 1993. "Acreage Response to Government Stabilization Programs in Ontario," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 41(1), pages 13-26, March.
    2. Weisensel, Ward P. & Schoney, Richard A., 1989. "An Analysis Of The Yield-Price Risk Associated With Specialty Crops," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 14(02), December.
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