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Estimation Of Soil Erosion Time Paths: The Value Of Soil Moisture And Topsoil Depth Information


  • Weisensel, Ward P.
  • van Kooten, G. Cornelis


Rates of soil erosion in the dryland cropping region of Saskatchewan are investigated under alternative cropping strategies. Chemical fallow is examined as an alternative to tillage fallow for moisture and soil conservation. Conclusions include: (a) flexible cropping increases net discounted returns and substantially reduced soil erosion compared to the predominant crop rotation; (b) chemical fallow is a viable alternative to tillage fallow but only when topsoil already has been eroded substantially; and (c) an increase in the discount rate is soil conserving, since it causes producers to plant more often rather than fallow.

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  • Weisensel, Ward P. & van Kooten, G. Cornelis, 1990. "Estimation Of Soil Erosion Time Paths: The Value Of Soil Moisture And Topsoil Depth Information," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 15(01), July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32497

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    1. Farzin, Y Hossein, 1984. "The Effect of the Discount Rate on Depletion of Exhaustible Resources," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 92(5), pages 841-851, October.
    2. G. C. Kooten & Ward P. Weisensel & E. Jong, 1989. "Estimating the Costs of Soil Erosion in Saskatchewan," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 37(1), pages 63-75, March.
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    1. Lee, John G. & Lovejoy, Stephen B., 1991. "Integrated Assessment Of Environmental Effects From Agricultural Production," Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 20(1), April.
    2. Smith, Elwin G. & Lerohl, Mel L. & Messele, Teklay & Janzen, H. Henry, 2000. "Soil Quality Attribute Time Paths: Optimal Levels And Values," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 25(01), July.
    3. Smith, Elwin G. & Lerohl, Mel L. & Messele, Teklay, 1999. "Optimum Soil Quality Attribute Levels And Values," 1999 Annual Meeting, July 11-14, 1999, Fargo, ND 35697, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
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    5. Christine L. Carroll & Colin A. Carter & Rachael E. Goodhue & C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, 2017. "Crop Disease and Agricultural Productivity," NBER Chapters,in: Understanding Productivity Growth in Agriculture National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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