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Uncertainty and Split Nitrogen Application in Corn Production


  • Eli Feinerman
  • E. Kwan Choi
  • Stanley R. Johnson


The split application of nitrogen provides insurance against the risk that late spring application will be infeasible because of wet soil. Risk aversion and production uncertainty have little impact on total nitrogen available to the crop but do affect the split in application and the total nitrogen applied. A risk-averse farmer applies more (less) nitrogen prior to planting and total nitrogen than a risk-neutral farmer if nitrogen and water are substitutes (complements). For the case of substitutes, the nitrogen lost through leaching is the premium which the risk-averse farmer pays to insure a proper level of nitrogen.

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  • Eli Feinerman & E. Kwan Choi & Stanley R. Johnson, 1990. "Uncertainty and Split Nitrogen Application in Corn Production," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 72(4), pages 975-985.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:72:y:1990:i:4:p:975-985.

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