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Impacts Of Within-Farm Soil Variability On Nitrogen Pollution Control Costs


  • Vandyke, Laura S.
  • Bosch, Darrell J.
  • Pease, James W.


The effects of considering variable within-farm soil runoff and leaching potential on costs of reducing nitrogen losses are analyzed for a Virginia dairy. Manure applications may cause nitrogen losses through runoff and leaching because of factors such as uncertain nitrogen mineralization. Farmers can reduce nitrogen control costs by applying manure on soils with less nitrogen loss potential. Ignoring within-farm soil variability may result in overstating the farm's costs of reducing nitrogen losses.

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  • Vandyke, Laura S. & Bosch, Darrell J. & Pease, James W., 1999. "Impacts Of Within-Farm Soil Variability On Nitrogen Pollution Control Costs," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 31(01), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:15139

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