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Managing Nutrient Losses: Some Empirical Results On The Potential Water Quality Effects


  • Young, C. Edwin
  • Crowder, Bradley M.


Over-application of manure on cropland can cause water quality degradation. This paper reports a modeling approach for assessing tradeoffs among manure storage and handling systems as they relate to the nutrient loadings in cropland runoff, including nitrate losses to groundwater. The CREAMS simulation model provided estimates of nutrient losses. A linear optimization model was used to determine the income-nutrient loss tradeoffs. Six-month storage was profitable for farmers with average-size dairy herds, but compared to daily spreading caused increased nitrate leaching through the soil to groundwater resources. Twelve-month storage systems decreased farm profitability while decreasing the total nitrogen losses from farm fields.

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  • Young, C. Edwin & Crowder, Bradley M., 1986. "Managing Nutrient Losses: Some Empirical Results On The Potential Water Quality Effects," Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 15(2), October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nejare:29060

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    1. Randhir, Timothy O. & Lee, John G., 1997. "Economic And Water Quality Impacts Of Reducing Nitrogen And Pesticide Use In Agriculture," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 26(1), April.
    2. Boisvert, Richard N. & Regmi, Anita & Schmidt, Todd M., 1996. "Policy Implications of Ranking Distributions of Nitrate Runoff and Leaching by Farm, Region, and Soil Productivity," Working Papers 127932, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.

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