Journal Article

A Dynamic Economic Analysis of Nitrate Leaching in Corn Production under Nonuniform Irrigation Conditions

Steven S. Vickner, Dana L. Hoag, W. Marshall Frasier and James C. Ascough

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 2, pages 397-408
Published in print May 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244511
A Dynamic Economic Analysis of Nitrate Leaching in Corn Production under Nonuniform Irrigation Conditions

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We develop a dynamic economic model that includes control variables for both nitrogen fertilizer and irrigation water to analyze interseasonal corn production and nitrate leaching in the presence of irrigation system nonuniformity. The economic model is used to estimate profit-maximizing nutrient management plans under varying levels of system uniformity. The model is also used to appraise several policy options that have been proposed in the nitrate leaching literature as a means of regulating water quality. Investments in technology are considered, as well as limits on nitrate leaching, nitrogen fertilizer, and irrigation water.

Keywords: dynamic optimization; irrigation management; production economics; water quality; Q150; Q160

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics

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