Effects of Manure Use and Use Restrictions on Variable Production Costs and Net Incomes for U.S. Corn Producers

We utilize a treatment effects model to examine if there are differences in costs/profits for manure-using corn producers versus non-users. We find that manure users have lower peracre operating costs via reductions in fertilizer and soil conditioner costs; however, the use of manure reduces grain yields and ultimately leads to no difference in profit. Separate results indicate that manure-use restrictions do not affect costs or profits; thus policies could be in place to regulate manure usage without impacting the costs/profit structure of the farm.


Issue Date:
2012-02
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/120450
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 44, Number 1
Page range:
83-97
Total Pages:
15
JEL Codes:
Q1




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