Combining alternative and conventional systems for environmental gains

K. M. Painter, D. L. Young, D. M. Granatstein, D. J. Mulla

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Two conventional cropping systems (winter wheat/dry peas and winter wheat/spring barley/dry peas) in the dryland grain region of southeastern Washington were compared with several alternative systems regarding profitability and environmental impacts. Two of the alternative systems use green manure crops and have low fertilizer and pesticide requirements. The remaining two are otherwise conventional rotations modified to include soil-building crops, bluegrass seed and rapeseed. It constructed a mixed-integer linear programming model to determine the profit-maximizing combination of conventional and alternative rotations under 1990 farm bill provisions. Planting all or nearly all land to the bluegrass plus conventional grain rotation maximized returns over total costs for high, medium, and low program crop price scenarios. Farmers maximized profit by participating in both the wheat and barley programs under the low price scenario, only in the wheat program with moderate prices, and in neither the wheat nor the barley program under the high price scenario. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Alternative Agriculture
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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