Using productivity measures to target conservation programs: a comparative analysis.

C. F. Runge, W. E. Larson, G. Roloff

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Soil loss tolerance (T) values were compared with a quantitative soil vulnerability measure as a basis for conservation set-asides in six Major Land Use areas of the Upper Midwest. Soil vulnerability was calculated from soil profile characteristics and the suitability of the soil to root growth under simulated erosion conditions. Soil vulnerability was a more sensitive criterion to productivity losses from erosion than T values. Set-aside policies based on T values alone will either fail to target the conservation objective of protecting productivity losses due to soil erosion or will achieve that objective at very high cost in terms of foregone production. A more clearly defined targeting criterion, such as proposed here, is needed. -from Authors soil loss tolerance conservation set asides Midwest soil vulnerability simulated erosion productivity losses

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Soil & Water Conservation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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