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Presentation
Environmental Impacts of Stover Removal in the Corn Belt
2012 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting (2012)
  • Alicia English, Purdue University
  • Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University
  • Juan Sesmero, Purdue University
  • Phillip Owens, Purdue University
  • David J. Muth, Jr.
Abstract
When considering the market for biomass from corn stover resources erosion and soil quality issues are important to consider. Removal of stover can be beneficial in some areas, especially when coordinated with other conservation practices, such as vegetative barrier strips and cover crops. However, benefits are highly dependent on several factors, namely if farmers see costs and benefits associated with erosion and the tradeoffs with the removal of biomass. This paper uses results from an integrated RUSLE2/WEPS model to incorporate six different regime choices, covering management, harvest and conservation, into a simple profit maximization model to show these tradeoffs.
Keywords
  • Production,
  • Environment,
  • Biomass,
  • Erosion
Publication Date
August, 2012
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Citation Information
Alicia English, Wallace E. Tyner, Juan Sesmero, Phillip Owens, et al.. "Environmental Impacts of Stover Removal in the Corn Belt" 2012 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_muth/7/