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Optimal Grazing Termination Date for Dual-Purpose Winter Wheat Production

  • Taylor, Karen W.
  • Epplin, Francis M.
  • Brorsen, B. Wade
  • Fieser, Brian G.
  • Horn, Gerald W.

Dual-purpose winter wheat (fall-winter forage plus grain) production is an important economic enterprise in the southern Great Plains. Grazing termination to enable grain production is a critical decision. The objective is to determine the optimal grazing termination date for dual-purpose wheat. The value of knowing the occurrence of first hollow stem (FHS), a wheat growth threshold for grazing termination, is also determined. Results indicate that for most price situations grazing should be terminated at or before FHS. Marginal wheat returns from extended grazing were negative and the value of FHS information ranges from $1.50 to $10 per acre.

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

Volume (Year): 42 (2010)
Issue (Month): 01 (February)

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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:57148
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