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Potassium carryover dynamics and optimal application policies in cotton production

  • Harper, David C.
  • Lambert, Dayton M.
  • Larson, James A.
  • Gwathmey, C. Owen

Information about soil nutrient carryover dynamics can assist cotton producers with the optimal management of potassium (K) fertilizer. Optimal K management promotes cotton plant health, may decrease input costs, and increases cotton lint yields. A dynamic programming model was developed to determine optimal K application rates and economic returns under different soil information scenarios based on cotton yield response to K fertilizer and fertilizer carryover estimates from a multi-year field trial. A Monte Carlo analysis was conducted to simulate the impact of stochastic input and lint prices and cotton yield on K management over a five-period planning horizon. Results suggest that soil test data could provide important information about K carryover potential, which may lead to more efficient fertilizer use and higher profit margins for cotton producers.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Agricultural Systems.

Volume (Year): 106 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 84-93

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