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Productivity of Highly Erodible Cropland

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  • Heimlich, Ralph E.

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The notion that highly erodible soils are uniformly unproductive is not supported by empirical evidence. Thus, the presumption that the cost of conservation programs targeted at highly erodible land will be low is erroneous. Average net crop revenue on nonirrigated highly erodible cropland is less than on nonerodible land, but the productivity distributions across these erodibility classes are nearly equal. Significant acreages with all but the highest productivity can be found at all levels of erodibility. Retiring highly erodible, physically marginal cropland is not synonymous with retiring less productive, economically marginal cropland.

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  • Heimlich, Ralph E., 1989. "Productivity of Highly Erodible Cropland," Journal of Agricultural Economics Research, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, issue 3.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersja:138801
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    1. Heimlich, Ralph E. & Claassen, Roger, 1998. "Agricultural Conservation Policy At A Crossroads," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 27(1), April.
    2. Ernst Lutz, 1992. "Agricultural trade liberalization, price changes, and environmental effects," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 2(1), pages 79-89, January.
    3. Runge, C. Ford, 1994. "Designing Green Support: Incentive Compatibility And The Commodity Programs," Working Papers 14462, University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.
    4. Wiebe, Keith D., 2003. "Linking Land Quality, Agricultural Productivity, And Food Security," Agricultural Economics Reports 34073, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    5. Lynch, Sarah, 1994. "Designing Green Support Programs," Policy Studies Program Reports, Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, number 134111.

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