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Economic Analysis Of Herbicide Control Of Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia Esula L.) In Rangeland

  • Bangsund, Dean A.
  • Leitch, Jay A.
  • Leistritz, F. Larry

Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.), a widely established exotic, noxious, perennial weed, is a major threat to the viability of commercial grazing and beneficial outputs of wildlands in the Upper Great Plains. Herbicide treatments are often recommended based upon measures of physical control rather than on economic criteria. Considering the wide geographic variation of leafy spurge infestations, the range of herbicide control alternatives, and the long-term consequences this weed creates, a need exists to assess the economics of herbicide control. A deterministic, bioeconomic model was developed to evaluate the economic viability of current herbicide control strategies for leafy spurge. Only under liberal assumptions and optimistic projections does broadcast herbicide treatment result in positive net returns for most grazing situations in the Upper Great Plains. However, herbicides usually result in less loss over the long-run than does no control.

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Paper provided by North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics in its series Agricultural Economics Reports with number 23314.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:ags:nddaer:23314
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  1. Thompson, Flint & Leistritz, F. Larry & Leitch, Jay A., 1990. "Economic Impact of Leafy Spurge in North Dakota," Agricultural Economics Reports 23394, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  2. Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry, 1991. "Economic Impact of Leafy Spurge in Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming," Agricultural Economics Reports 23433, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  3. Stroh, Rodney K. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leitch, Jay A., 1990. "Leafy Spurge Patch Expansion," Statistical Series Reports 121420, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
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