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

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

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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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  • Bangsund, Dean A. & Leitch, Jay A. & Leistritz, F. Larry, 1996. "Economic Analysis Of Herbicide Control Of Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia Esula L.) In Rangeland," Agricultural Economics Reports 23314, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
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    1. Stroh, Rodney K. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leitch, Jay A., 1990. "Leafy Spurge Patch Expansion," Staff Papers 121420, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
    2. Stroh, Rodney K. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leitch, Jay A., 1990. "Leafy Spurge Patch Expansion," Statistical Series Reports 165919, 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," Staff Papers 165919, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
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    1. Sell, Randall S. & Nudell, Daniel J. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Faller, Timothy, 2000. "Feasibility Of A Sheep Cooperative For Grazing Leafy Spurge," Agricultural Economics Reports 23270, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
    2. Sell, Randall S. & Nudell, Daniel J. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Faller, Timothy, 2000. "Feasibility Of A Sheep Cooperative For Grazing Leafy Spurge - Summary," Agricultural Economics Reports 23201, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
    3. Bangsund, Dean A. & Leitch, Jay A. & Leistritz, F. Larry, 1996. "Economics Of Herbicide Control Of Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia Esula L.)," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 21(02), December.
    4. Sell, Randall S. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Nudell, Daniel J., 1998. "Ranch Operators' Perceptions Of Leafy Spurge," Agricultural Economics Reports 23456, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
    5. Sell, Randall S. & Bangsund, Dean A. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Nudell, Daniel J., 1998. "Perceptions Of Leafy Spurge By Public Land Managers, Local Decision Makers, And Ranch Operators," Agricultural Economics Reports 23399, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

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